NYUAD Institute Discusses Impact of Rising Sea Levels on Abu Dhabi

Professor David Holland prepares to retrieve a mooring device.

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Rising sea levels due to global atmospheric and oceanic warming could severely impact low lying cities, potentially flooding major cities such as Abu Dhabi and New York, according to David Holland, Director of the Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science at NYU.

Holland will be presenting a scientific research program that has been designed to clarify and predict how the melting of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will affect the future sea level over the present century and beyond. The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute event titled "Future Sea Level Projections in New York and Abu Dhabi" is part of ongoing series held by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute linking the leading cosmopolitan cities of New York and Abu Dhabi in their battle with climate change. The event will be held on Sunday, April 11 in Al Mamoura Auditorium in Abu Dhabi starting at 6:30pm.

"The Environmental Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently released a report on climate change highlighting the concerns for the UAE coastal environ and in particular the impacts of a range of possible future global sea level change projections on the region," Holland said.

"In my research and in my presentation I outline the specific scientific issues that need to be addressed and resolved in order to arrive at specific, credible projections of global sea level change in the present century," he added.

NYUAD Faculty Director Philip Kennedy said: "With Abu Dhabi looking to be a leader in environmental sustainability, we're pleased that the NYUAD Institute is able to provide a forum for environmental leaders in the region and around the world to discuss these critical issues."

The event is part of a series of public events organized by the NYUAD Institute in an effort to provide an open forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas within the Abu Dhabi community. The NYUAD Institute was founded in 2008 as a research arm to the recently launched NYUAD campus, which will be opening its doors to its first year of accepted students in September 2010.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.