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Technologies and tools for the assessment of air pollution impact on immoveable and moveable cultural heritage Deterioration of heritage materials is a cumulative process which is affected by environmental (climatic and pollution) conditions. As materials are exposed to the natural environment, they undergo discolouration, crack formation, and brittleness, as a result of a range of chemical and physical processes. The EU 7th Framework project TEACH (2008-2011) addresses the issue of pollutants responsible for weathering of cultural heritage in a novel way, looking into the future. The typical pollutants in urban areas across Europe are changing and will continue to change in the future. The principal TeACH project aims are: - To identify pollutants that may play the most important role in the future - To develop a simple, economical, compact kit comprised of existing and new devices for monitoring the weathering of cultural heritage - To produce a new tool to correlate the changing damage patterns outdoors with the likely damage to cultural materials indoors. Atmospheric pollution dramatically accelerates the rate of decay of outdoor and indoor heritage materials. This has led to the development of many novel techniques of preservation such as the application of synthetic coatings on stone. It is essential to obtain quantitative data on air pollution effects on heritage materials and coating materials in order to be able to evaluate the economic effects.
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