Miljønyt, 33, 1999

Ecosystem Vulnerability to Climate Change in Greenland and the Faroe Islands


Greenland's climate will change during the coming century. The most marked climate changes are expected in northern Greenland, where the mean temperature will increase by just under 4 degree celcius. This will increase the size of vegetated areas to the benefit of both planktivores and carnivores. In the sea, the amount of ice is expected to decrease, among other things making life more difficult for ringed seals and polar bears. in southern Greenland and the Faeroe islands, only minor changes in temperature are expected together with correspondingly small changes in the terrestrial flora and fauna. There is great uncertainty about conditions in the associated marine waters, though, where changes in the sea currents are of great significance.

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