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Title: Hygrothermal Behavior of Cultural Heritage Buildings and Climate Change: Status and Main Challenges
Authors: Pereira, Luísa Maria Dias 
Saraiva, Nuno Francisco Baía da Silva Garcia 
Soares, Nelson Miguel Lopes 
Keywords: hygrothermal behavior; climate change; cultural heritage; historic buildings; bibliometric analysis
Issue Date: Mar-2023
Publisher: MDPI
Project: SFRH/BD/ 151356/2021 - FCT Bolsa de Doutoramento 
Serial title, monograph or event: Applied Sciences
Volume: 13
Issue: 6
Place of publication or event: Switzerland
Abstract: This paper follows a bibliometric assessment methodology to provide a systematic review of studies devoted to cultural heritage (CH) buildings that simultaneously refer to hygrothermal conditions and/or behavior and climate change (CC) scenarios. Moreover, this paper aims at identifying the main research trend and research gaps in this combined research field, and to provide a critical discussion of previous works relating to CH, hygrothermal behavior, and CC. Scopus database was used for data gathering and export, followed by VOSviewer for network visualization. The advanced search on the database showed that only 36 documents have considered the study of these three subjects together, as of 2022. The majority of research has been carried out in Italy (27% of the relevant documents). This paper further describes some funded research projects on the topic of CH, hygrothermal behavior, and CC. It was concluded that the investigation on this combined research topic is very recent and scarcely unexplored, and further research is required to assess how future CC scenarios will affect the hygrothermal behavior of CH buildings. These new understandings are fundamental for all stakeholders involved in topics related to heritage conservation and assessment of the hygrothermal behavior of buildings.
ISSN: 2076-3417
DOI: 10.3390/app13063445
Rights: openAccess
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