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Faroe Islands

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Faroe Islands.

Country Context

The Faroe Islands consist of 18 small, mountainous islands situated in the North Atlantic at about 62°N and 7°W. The islands have a total land area of 1,399 km2 and a population of 49,864 (2017). The Faroe Islands is a modern, developed society with a standard of living comparable to other Nordic countries. However, the economy is not yet as diversified. Fishery and related industries are of such importance that their influence determines the overall performance of the Faroese economy. An economy with high dependence on fish products and exporting them is bound to be vulnerable to the changes in catches, fish prices, and exchange rates. The climate in the Faroe Islands is strongly affected by the warm North Atlantic current (the Gulf Stream) and frequent passage of cyclones, which, depending on the location of the polar front, mainly come from southwest and west. The Faroe Islands have an extremely maritime climate, where the differences between summer and winter are relatively small. Projections with global climate models show a rise of about 3°C in annual mean temperature, a rise in winter precipitation of about 30% and a slight increase of 10% in summer towards the end of the century compared to 1986-2005 (Seventh National Communication, 2017).

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Climate Data

Historical Trends

The section provides access to historical climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation from 1900 to 2016.

Projected Trends

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

Climate by Sector

This section contains information from multiple climate indicators and indices relevant for key economic sectors. Simple narratives can help you interpret and extract summaries of potential climate change impacts at the sector level.

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Vulnerability

This section allows you to explore the susceptibility of livelihoods and natural systems to impacts from climate variability and change and facilitate the exploration of socioeconomic and development data and its relationships with natural hazards vulnerable areas.

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Impacts

This section allows you to explore the climate information from multiple climate indicators and present them with simple, embedded interpretation for an informative, high-level summary of the potential for future climate change impacts on key socioeconomic sectors.

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Adaptation

This section helps you grasp key national adaptation policies and reports, explore options for key sectors, and understand current adaptation gaps and needs for enhanced climate smart planning.

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