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Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

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 Korea, Democratic People's Republic of.

Country Context

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). 

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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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