Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

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Country Summary

This page presents high-level information for Korea, Democratic People's Republic of's climate zones and its seasonal cycle for mean temperature and precipitation for the latest climatology, 1991-2020. Climate zone classifications are derived from the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system, which divides climates into five main climate groups divided based on seasonal precipitation and temperature patterns. The five main groups are A (tropical), B (dry), C (temperate), D (continental), and E (polar). All climates except for those in the E group are assigned a seasonal precipitation sub-group (second letter).  Climate classifications are identified by hovering your mouse over the legend. A narrative overview of Korea, Democratic People's Republic of's country context and climate is provided following the visualizations.

Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification, 1991-2020
  • Af
  • Am
  • As/Aw
  • BWh
  • BWk
  • BSh
  • BSk
  • Csa
  • Csb
  • Csc
  • Cwa
  • Cwb
  • Cwc
  • Cfa
  • Cfb
  • Cfc
  • Dsa
  • Dsb
  • Dsc
  • Dsd
  • Dwa
  • Dwb
  • Dwc
  • Dwd
  • Dfa
  • Dfb
  • Dfc
  • Dfd
  • ET
  • EF

DPR Korea is situated in the east of the Asian continent and encompasses approximately 123,138 km2 of land, of which 63% is covered by forests and 18.1% corresponds to agricultural land. The population of DPR Korea reached 25,490,965 in 2017, of which 44.4% live in Pyongyang City, South Phyongan Province and South Hamgyong Provice. In 2011, Korea’s GDP reached $22,070 million, with industry contributing 46.4% and agriculture 14.6%. The climate of DPR Korea is temperate monsoon with strong continentality. During the 20th century, annual mean temperature in DPR Korea rose by 1.9ºC, over three times compared to the rate of global warming. In the 21st century, this figure is expected to rise by 2.8ºC to 4.7ºC, while water resources are expected to decrease by 7.9% (Second National Communication, 2013). DPR Korea has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8.0% compared to BAU scenario by 2030 with domestic resources, and achieve an additional GHG emission reduction of 32.25% with international support (Nationally Determined Contribution, 2016).