David Holland

Professor of Mathematics, Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU; Affiliated Faculty and Principal Investigator for the Center for Sea Level Change, NYUAD

Affiliation: NYU New York


Ph.D. 1993 (Atmosphere-Ocean Science), McGill University; B.A. 1993 (Mathematics and Computer Science), M.Sc. 1987 (Physical Oceanography), B.Sc. 1984 (Physics), Memorial University. 

David Holland is a physical climate scientist who studies phenomena relating to the polar regions and their impacts on global climate.  His current research focuses on the computer modeling of the interaction of the Earth’s ice sheets with ocean waters, and the acquisition and implementation of observational data for model improvement. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on polar environmental science.  He is a Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere-Ocean Science in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, and Director of the Center for Sea Level Change (CSLC) of the Abu Dhabi Research Institute.


  • Makinson, K., P.R. Holland, A. Jenkins, K.W. Nicholls, D.M. Holland, 2011: Influence of tides on melting and freezing beneath Filchner Ronne Ice Shelf, and Antarctic Bottom Water production. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L06601, doi:10.1029/2010GL046462
  • Joughin, I., B. Smith, and D.M. Holland, 2010: Sensitivity of 21st Century Sea Level to Ocean-Induced Thinning of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. Geophys. Res. Lett. 37, L20502,doi:10.1029/2010GL044819
  • Holland, D.M., R.H. Thomas, B. deYoung, M.H. Ribergaard, and B. Lyberth, 2008: Acceleration of Jakobshavn Isbrae Triggered by Warm Subsurface Ocean Waters. Nature Geosci., 28 September, doi:10.1038/ngeo316.