• Graduation

    Course Certificate

  • ECTS-Points


  • Learning format

    Distance learning

  • Start

    continuously possible

  • Costs

    EUR 0,-

  • Language


The CHePiCC online MOOC brings current interdisciplinary research on the protection of cultural heritage from the effects of climate change into a university teaching programme. It will provide you with academic-level skills that will enable you to understand the protection of cultural heritage as an important resource for preserving our common past. This is an opportunity to focus your future career on managing risks to cultural heritage from climate change and global warming.
Anna Maria Kaiser

The MOOC offers a lot of theoretical input, but also brilliant case studies from countries all over Europe - from Norway to the Canary Islands.

Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr.
Anna Maria Kaiser

Study Program Director – Center for Cultural Property Protection

Cultural Heritage Protection in Climate Change online
(CHePiCC online)

Climate change and related natural disasters represent one of the greatest threats to cultural heritage and cultural landscapes in the 21st century. CHePiCC online presents interdisciplinary research on climate change and its impact on cultural heritage. The MOOC, developed as part of the research project of the same name, anchors measures to protect cultural heritage from the risks of climate change in higher education and emphasises the importance of our cultural heritage as a resource for the future. The aim is to enable future generations to protect and preserve our cultural heritage and identity.

MOOC - Massive Open Online Course

A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a freely accessible and openly licensed online course that is available to all interested parties free of charge, regardless of time or place. With iMooX, TU Graz offers an online platform with MOOCs on various topics. After registering on iMooX, these MOOCs can be completed at an individual learning pace.




Benefit from our study program

  • start with the course at any time, without access or admission restrictions
  • study at your own pace, independent of time and place
  • the integrative, modular and transdisciplinary structure allows integration into existing university curricula
  • interdisciplinary

  • online

  • flexible

The MOOC consists of 4 units divided into several thematic lessons. Each lesson covers the topic in depth (5 hours/lesson).
International experts present their lectures in short video lessons and look at the topic of cultural property protection from a transdisciplinary perspective.

CHePiCC online - MOOC
  • Contents

    Introduction to various aspects of cultural heritage and its protection: basic information about cultural heritage, threats to cultural heritage, decay and neglect, risk assessment and emergency planning, architecture and built heritage, key concepts, causes of decay, risk management and innovative approaches to cultural heritage

  • Contents

    Protection of cultural heritage and the effects of climate change: simulations and projections of weather and climate extremes, models for understanding the climate system, environmental monitoring as preventive conservation including climate and pollutant parameters, WebGIS tool for risk mapping of cultural heritage, climate change as a threat to cultural heritage from the perspective of conservators, threats to architectural cultural heritage, case studies from Norway and the Canary Islands, effects of climate change on cultural heritage

  • Contents

    Cultural landscapes as an important habitat of cultural heritage: boundaries between cultural and natural landscapes, natural compensation processes of local climatic conditions, ecosystem services, terrace landscapes, natural and cultural landscapes in the Mediterranean, the Danube region, Norway and the Czech Republic

  • Contents

    Interrelation between climate change, cultural heritage and landscapes, with a focus on protection against natural disasters: Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction and Recommendations for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, international NGOs in the field of cultural heritage protection, Italy's National Strategy for the Adaptation of Cultural Heritage Protection to Climate Change, microclimate as a factor for the protection of archives and libraries in historic buildings, preparation of emergency plans and evacuation scenarios, protection of coastal landscapes


For active participation in the MOOC, you will receive a course certificate upon successful completion: After selected lessons, a single-choice quiz must be completed. The questions in the quiz relate to the content previously presented.
To receive a course certificate, you must pass all the quizzes in the MOOC (at least 75% of the questions in each quiz must be answered correctly).


Extension to 6 ECTS credits

This MOOC can optionally be extended to 6 ECTS credits. To receive ECTS credits, you must successfully complete the MOOC (course certificate) and write a reflection paper as part of the CHePiCC online micro-credential program.
This reflection paper must cover each unit of the MOOC and a case study of your choice.

Once registered on the iMooX platform, the MOOC is available anytime, anywhere with an internet connection and can be completed at your own pace.


The necessary holistic approach to the broad topic of cultural heritage protection is ensured by the transdisciplinary composition of the consortium, with expertise in cultural heritage protection, cultural landscapes, climatology and climate change, civil engineering, materials handling, preparedness, heritage sciences, conservation and restoration.

CHePiCC online - MOOC

Online Course

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