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What the ‘Doomsday glacier’ can teach us about the fate of Earth
The Thwaites glacier is an Antarctic glacier that spans roughly 120 kilometres. Climate scientist David Holland talks to The National co-host Ian Hanomansing about what Thwaites — sometimes called the ‘doomsday glacier’ — can tell us about the fate of the planet.
CBC | March 20, 2022
‘Fractured and breaking’: Checking in on the ‘Doomsday Glacier’ with David Holland
On the edge of western Antarctica sits the world’s most unstable glacier, held back from falling into the sea by a slab of floating ice. Climate scientist David Holland describes this slab of ice — more formally known as the Thwaites ice shelf — as a cork in an Antarctic wine bottle lying on its side, securing the wine, or in this case, the Florida-sized Thwaites glacier in place.
Greenpeace | March 17, 2022
From north to south pole, climate scientists grapple with pandemic disruptions
As the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world, another ongoing and dire crisis — climate change — has not abated.
PBS | December 04, 2020
Scientists find warm water beneath Antarctica’s most at-risk glacier
Thwaites Glacier is melting fast. But to understand how climate change is driving its decline, scientists need to send instruments through 2,000 feet of ice into the water below.
PBS Nova | April 22, 2020
Paleontologist Kirk Johnson explores the dynamic history—and future—of ice at the poles, joining Denise and David Holland and their team of scientists in Greenland to understand how the ice behaves there.
PBS Nova | February 05, 2020
The Ocean Floor is Sinking Due to Climate Change
Climate change is sinking the ocean floor at a rate around 0.1 millimeters (0.004 inches) per year. As It is not enough to protect coastal cities from rising sea levels, it could mean existing methods of calculating sea level rise are off, according to researchers who have developed a new, more accurate system.
Newsweek | January 31, 2020
Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’ reveals alarming new trait to scientists
Scientists have detected unusually warm water underneath Antarctica’s “doomsday glacier.”
Fox News | January 30, 2020
Connect the World live to Antarctica
“Here in Antarctica, the stakes are really big. We are seeing warm waters approaching the most vulnerable glacier and it could bring it to its knees.”
CNN | November 28, 2019
Al Roker travels to the epicenter of climate change — see his journey to Greenland
TODAY co-host and meteorologist Al Roker traveled to the Arctic Circle to report on what this means for the planet, following environmental experts and NASA as they collect information.
NBC Today Show | September 16, 2019
Polar winds stir desert dust
Severe dust storms over the Middle East have been traced back to atmospheric events at the top of the world.
Nature Middle East | August 30, 2019
What one Greenland town thinks of the US buying Greenland
NYU’s David and Denise Holland are in Greenland studying its melting glaciers, and were surprised by Donald Trump’s interest in buying Greenland.
CBS News | August 18, 2019
NYU Abu Dhabi scientists solve 40-year Antarctic hole-in-the-ice mystery
Research led by the university explained how an open body of water formed in the middle of thick ice.
The National | May 09, 2019
NYU Abu Dhabi research team unravels 43-year-old mystery in Antarctica
A study led by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute (NYUAD) Research Scientist Diana Francis has helped to unravel the mystery surrounding the occurrence of a mid-sea Polynya — a body of unfrozen ocean — that appeared within the sea-ice pack during the Antarctic winter in mid-September 2017.
Gulf Today | May 08, 2019
43-year-old mystery of Polynya in Antarctica unraveled
A new study has unraveled the four decade long mystery surrounding the occurrence of a mid-sea Polynya — a body of unfrozen ocean that appeared within a thick body of ice during Antarctica’s winter almost two years ago.
ScienceDaily | April 24, 2019
Wild winds puncture precarious polar ice
Ice melt was not the cause of a vast opening in the Antarctic ice in 2017, as previously thought.
Nature Middle East | April 24, 2019
Uncovering polynya: new research unravels 43-year-old Antarctic mystery
Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi have discovered how the Maud-Rise Polynya that was initially spotted in Antarctica in 1974, reappeared in September 2017 at the same location.
Advanced Earth and Space Science | April 24, 2019
Uncovering Polynya: Research unravels 43-year-old mystery in Antarctica
A study led by NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Research Scientist Diana Francis has unraveled the four decade long mystery surrounding the occurrence of a mid-sea Polynya – a body of unfrozen ocean that appeared within a thick body of ice during Antarctica’s winter almost two years ago.
PHYS.ORG | April 24, 2019
Desertification an imminent threat, creating unstable grounds for development
More than 3.2 billion people, or two in every five, are affected by land degradation today and up to 143 million could move within their countries by 2050 to escape water scarcity and falling crop productivity caused by climate change.
Arab News | November 8, 2018
New mechanism found for Arctic warming and melting ice
Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi, along with other global scientists published their findings in the peer-reviewed Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, on October 10, 2018.
Digital Journal | October 13, 2018
How the Sahara ended up in the Arctic
The polar jet is an atmospheric circulation that is capable of transporting dust and warm, moist air from subtropics and mid-latitudes to the Arctic. This is a severe concern because roughly half of the warming in the Arctic is now being placed on higher levels of moisture and heat transported to the region from elsewhere.
labroots | October 12, 2018
Sahara desert sand is finding a newer, quicker route to the Arctic, sparks global warming fears
Research carried out at New York University Abu Dhabi could have stark consequences for climate change.
The National | October 11, 2018
What it’s like at the ground zero of climate change
It’s not easy to photograph climate change, a slow, subtle process that develops over time. But when a glacier breaks up, the images can be breathtaking — and a sobering reminder of the trouble we are in. Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson managed to document one of these moments when he was in Greenland with scientists earlier this year.
CNN | September, 2018
In Greenland, a glacier’s collapse shows climate impact- Video
Perched on a cliff above Greenland’s Helheim glacier, I tried calling my wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before I could leave a message, an explosion broke the arctic silence.
Reuters | September 20, 2018
Harsh Climate: The Struggle to track global sea level rise
A loud rumble jolted climate scientist David Holland just before he went to sleep inside his fiberglass bear-resistant dome, set up next to a frozen fjord in Greenland. He scrambled outside into the sunlit night at about 11 p.m.Reuters | September 20, 2018
Dramatic Video Captures Moment Towering Iceberg Splits from Greenland Glacier
Scientists in eastern Greenland captured an incredible scene on video: the moment an iceberg measuring 4 miles (6 kilometers) long, separated from the Helheim Glacier and drifted away.
Live Science | July 10, 2018
A Time-Lapsed Glacier Collapse Is the Saddest Science Lesson
“There’s no real way to determine its size just by looking at it,” says New York University oceanographer David Holland, whose research team has spent a decade observing glacier behavior in Greenland.
Wired | July 9, 2018
Watch 10 billion tons of ice fall into the ocean
An enormous, four-mile-long iceberg break, or “calving” event, swept across Greenland’s massive Helheim Glacier last month, a new video has revealed.
The Washington Post | July 9, 2018
The moment a FOUR MILE long iceberg breaks off a Greenland glacier
The calving event, captured in stunning footage by a team of researchers on site, spurred several other tall icebergs to separate as well, with some even flipping over entirely.
Daily Mail | July 9, 2018
Will rising waters leave Abu Dhabi under water? Scientists seek answers
Without models predicting how ice sheets interact with the ocean, one of the biggest questions on climate change remains unanswered.
The National | May 9, 2018
How Abu Dhabi will help save the world from disaster
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year grant to experts in the UAE and US to research rising sea levels.
Abu Dhabi World | May 3, 2018
Unprecedented U.S.-British project launches to study the world’s most dangerous glacier
The Washington Post | April 30, 2018
NYUAD to research sea level rise in Antarctica thanks to $2.1 million science grant from UK
The National | April 30, 2018
Abu Dhabi scientists’ study of shrinking glaciers is subject of new film
The National | April 15, 2018
Global Warming Special (Video)
CNN | December 4, 2017
Designing a Power System for Radars in Greenland
UNAVCO | February 17, 2017
Visualizing The Real-World Effects Of Climate Change On Glacier Streams
Labocine | January 8, 2017
With sea levels rising, what can you do to help fight this global problem?
Time Out Abu Dhabi | August 15, 2016
Kallgren, J. 2015: Scientists help track climate change in Greenland. AJ+. [Video(mp4)].
NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute, 2014: Warming in the Antarctic tied to changes in the Atlantic. Research Institute Report 2012. [Text(pdf)]
Devitt, J., 2014: North and Tropical Atlantic Ocean Bringing Climate Change to Antarctica, NYU Researchers Find. NYU Press Release. [Text(pdf)].
Devitt, J., 2014: A Window Into Climate Change Comes to Mercer Street. NYU Today. [Text(pdf)]. [Video (YouTube)].
Gramling, C., 2014: Fiber optics in Antarctica will monitor ice sheet melting. Science Magazine. [Text(pdf)].
Salaam, 2014: Warming in Antarctica Tied to Changes in the Atlantic. NYUAD Blog. [Text (pdf)].
Wolford, B., 2014: Is It Too Late to Save Our Cities From Sea-Level Rise? Newsweek. [Text(pdf)].
Gladish, C., and D.M. Holland, 2014: Temperature variability in West Greenland’s major glacial fjord: A driver of rising sea levels. US Clivar Variations [Text(pdf)].
Blaszczak-Boxe, A., 2014: Arctic Sea Ice Loss Driving Dramatic Temperature Increase in Alaska. VICE News. [Text(pdf)].
Conroy, E., 2013: New York University Abu Dhabi scientists probe glacier’s secrets. The National (Abu Dhabi, UAE). [Text(pdf)].
Cronin, M. and Melas, S., 2013: Binky The Seal Is NYU’s Latest Multimillion-Dollar Researcher. NYU Local. [Text(pdf)].
Devitt, J., 2013: Researchers team up with some “locals” in Greenalnd to study rising sea levels . NYU Today [Text(pdf)]
Chow, D., 2013: Warm Water Under Antarctic Glacier Spurs Rapid Melting. Live Scence. [Text(pdf)]
Rejcek, P., 2012: Scientists use fiber optics, lasers to measure water temperature below ice. Antarctic Sun. [Text(pdf)]
NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute, 2012: Projecting Global Sea Level Change. Research Institute Report 2012. [Text(pdf)]
Rejcek, P., 2011: Antarctica’s ground zero: Expedition heads to Pine Island Glacier region to study thinning ice shelf. Antarctic Sun. [Text(pdf)]
Hanley, C., 2011: On endless ice, searching for clues to our future. San Francisco Chronicle. [Text (pdf)].
Wallace-Wells, B., 2010: The vanishing ice sheets. Rolling Stone Magazine.
Ritter, K., 2009: Greenland’s melt mystery unfolds, at glacial pace. Yahoo News, Associated Press. [Text(pdf)].
Rejcek, P., 2009: Scientists prepare for difficult trip to Antarctica’s most dynamic region. Antarctic Sun. [Text(pdf)]
Radick, Lea, 2009: Polar year research yields conclusions and uncertainties surrounding climate change . ClimateWire [Text (pdf)]
Polar-Palooza, 2009: Take Aim at Climate Change (Tommy Boots & Jene). Youtube(video)
American Museum of Natural History, 2009: New York City International Polar Weekend. [Poster(pdf)]
McGeehin, J, and J. Robertson, 2008: Abrupt Climate Change: Will It Happen this Century? [Text(pdf)]
van Loon, A.J. (Tom), 2008: Veranderende wind doet Groenlandse ijstong smelten. NGV-Geonieuws. [Text (pdf)
Kerr, R., 2008: Winds, Not Just Global Warming, Eating Away at the Ice Sheets. Science Magazine. [ Text (pdf)]
Devitt, J., 2008: Researchers Attribute Thinning of Greenland Glacier to Ocean Warming Preceded by Atmospheric Changes. NYU Press Release. [NYU Today Cover (Text(pdf)] [ Text(pdf)]
Hildebrandt, S., 2008: Jakobshavn Isbræ flygter – men ikke pga global opvarmning. Danish Newspaper Article. [ Text (pdf)]
Range, Alana, 2008: The Robo-Sub That Helps Predict Where the Ocean’s Headed. Discovery Magazine Online. [Text (pdf, local)]
U.S. Embassy, Denmark, 2007: U.S. Representatives visit Greenland to study Arctic environment. [Text (pdf, local)]
Calvert Investment Funds, 2007: Calvert-Supported Polar Ice Research Featured on News Hour. [Text (pdf, local)]
Perkins, S, 2006: Intrepid explorer: An oceangoing rover gathers unprecedented data. Science News Online. [Text (pdf, local)]
Muller, X., and D.M. Holland, D.M.,2001: La banquise polaire australe se troue périodiquement sous l’effet d’un courant d’eau circulaire dû à un relief sous-marin. Pour La Science, Vol 287, September, Paris. [Abstract (pdf, local)]
New York University, 2001: Courant, FAS establish Center for Atmosphere-Ocean Studies. NYU Today, Vol 14, No. 11, New York University. [Text (pdf, local)]
Bluman, V., McCown, S., and D.M. Holland, 2000: Daily Environmental Extremes on Planet Earth. Earth and Sky Science Information Program, March 11th airing, National Public Radio (NPR), New York City.