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A team of scientists has captured on video a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland, an event that points to one of the forces behind global sea-level rise.
Scientific research from NYUAD will help determine if the collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica will start in the next few decades or centuries.
Why is research in the Arctic so important for cities like Abu Dhabi?
Many cities are built at sea level or slightly above it. Rising seas caused by melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will reshape coastlines as we know them today.
Climate change is truly a global phenomenon; changes in one part of the globe can influence climate in another, since ocean currents and winds link distant regions.
In the News
Research by NYU Abu Dhabi faculty is frequently featured in local and international media.
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
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
Greenland Continues to Lose its Ice Sheet (Video)
VOA | November 19, 2015
Seals Help Scientists Track Climate Change In Greenland (Video)
AJ+ | November 18, 2015
Scientists Point to Overlooked Forces that May Slow Predicted Antarctic Ice Retreat
New York University | November 10, 2015
On the Rocks: The Challenges of Predicting Sea Level Rise
Eos | October 19, 2015
Greenland’s Iceberg Factory – Where the Empire State Building is Too Short a Yardstick
The New York Times | July 3, 2015
Watch a Piece of Ice Larger Than Two Empire State Buildings Break Off a Glacier in Greenland
Vice News | July 1, 2015
Winds of change blow worldwide
The National | August 30, 2014