In 2050, Iceland will be warmer and may experience more rain than it does currently. With warmer weather, areas where forest may grow will be larger. However, warmer temperatures also bring new insects that cannot thrive in Iceland today and some of these may also be harmful to native plants, concludes meteorologist Birta Líf Kristinsdóttir.
Today, the United Nations’ Climate Summit will be convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as part of the UN Climate Week in New York, September 22-28, where Birta Líf of the Icelandic Met Office will represent Iceland, as stated on the office’s website.
She is one of 11 television meteorologists who were asked to make a weather forecast for their own country in 2050 based on the visions of the newest IPCC report. These weather forecasts of the future are presented as a set of videos, made in collaboration with WMO and published one per day during the summit.
The Icelandic video consists of a weather forecast with English subtitles and an account in English of the major effects of global warming in the country. Every video is concluded by the UN Secretary-General’s call for action on climate change.
The video can also be watched here.