Coastlines Under Threat

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.

Watching History Unfold

Researchers David and Denise Holland share their footage of an enormous slab of ice breaking off the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland and floating into the ocean.

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