An increase of even a few degrees in the Earth’s climate will have tremendous consequences for billions of people. Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi are trying to determine how climate change will affect humanity's collective future and how to better understand changes that are taking place.
David Holland runs the Center for Global Sea Level Change (CSLC). Through observation and intricate mathematical models, Holland and his team are trying to figure out how the melting ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland will influence global sea level. The group has installed a sophisticated radar in Greenland that is tracking a massive glacier’s retreat up a fjord. The glacier has lost a huge amount of ice to the ocean since the 1990s and it continues to shrink.
Since many of the world’s metropolises are built at sea level or slightly above it, rising seas will reshape the coastlines of cities as we know them today. “When glaciers melt in Greenland and Antarctica, they raise sea level and that information spreads around the globe in about a week,” Holland noted. “There is no correct place to study this issue. It’s a global problem with global connections."