The threat posed by rising sea levels will be discussed at the conference
Rising sea levels and other risks linked to climate change are to be discussed at a conference tackling future threats to islands life.
The international event in Inverness on Friday will also look at the benefits of greater use of renewable energy.
Sustainable Islands-Towards a Low Carbon Economy has been organised by various bodies, including the UN Institute for Training and Research.
It will be hosted by Highland Council and features international experts.
Finance Secretary John Swinney will also be attending.
He said: "This conference is a helpful reminder ahead of the crucial UN talks in Copenhagen of the pressing threat from climate change to island communities in Scotland and across the world.
"It also highlights the fact that the move to a low carbon economy represents a unique opportunity for sustainable economic growth, an opportunity upon which Scotland is well placed to capitalise."
Orkney Islands Council convener Stephen Hagan said island communities had a "special stake" in reducing carbon emissions to minimise the risk of rising sea levels, severe weather and increased coastal erosion.
He added: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to showcase how Orkney is pursuing a low carbon future."