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Uncovering Polynya

New research out of NYU Abu Dhabi Institute helps unravel a 43-year-old mystery in deep Antarctica.

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Image of the Week – Unravelling the mystery of the 2017 Weddell Polynya
The mysterious appearance and disappearance of the Weddell Polynya, a giant hole in the ice, has long puzzled scientists. Recent work reveals that it is tightly tied to energetic storms.  Guest Author: Daiana Francis.
Cryospheric Science | June 14, 2019

Deciphering the Maud Rise Polynya
By the end of austral winter, the seas around Antarctica are blanketed with as much as 18 million square kilometers of ice—an area about twice the size of the continental United States.
NASA Earth Observatory | May 22, 2019

NYU Abu Dhabi research team unravels 43-year-old mystery in Antarctica
A study led by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute (NYUAD) Research Scientist Diana Francis has helped to unravel the mystery surrounding the occurrence of a mid-sea Polynya — a body of unfrozen ocean — that appeared within the sea-ice pack during the Antarctic winter in mid-September 2017.
Gulf Today | May 08, 2019

A Mysterious Hole Keeps Opening Up in Antarctica, And Scientists Say It'll Be Back
Using satellite observations and reanalysis data, researchers from NYUAD have found that these ephemeral holes, known as polynyas, appear to be scars from cyclonic storms.
Science Alert | May 05, 2019

43-year-old mystery of Polynya in Antarctica unraveled
A new study has unraveled the four decade long mystery surrounding the occurrence of a mid-sea Polynya -- a body of unfrozen ocean that appeared within a thick body of ice during Antarctica's winter almost two years ago.
ScienceDaily | April 24, 2019

Uncovering polynya: new research unravels 43-year-old Antarctic mystery
Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi have discovered how the Maud-Rise Polynya that was initially spotted in Antarctica in 1974, reappeared in September 2017 at the same location.
Advanced Earth and Space Science | April 24, 2019

Uncovering Polynya: Research unravels 43-year-old mystery in Antarctica
A study led by NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Research Scientist Diana Francis has unraveled the four decade long mystery surrounding the occurrence of a mid-sea Polynya - a body of unfrozen ocean that appeared within a thick body of ice during Antarctica's winter almost two years ago.
PHYS.ORG | April 24, 2019

Desertification an imminent threat, creating unstable grounds for development
More than 3.2 billion people, or two in every five, are affected by land degradation today and up to 143 million could move within their countries by 2050 to escape water scarcity and falling crop productivity caused by climate change.
Arab News | November 8, 2018

How the Sahara ended up in the Arctic
The polar jet is an atmospheric circulation that is capable of transporting dust and warm, moist air from subtropics and mid-latitudes to the Arctic. This is a severe concern because roughly half of the warming in the Arctic is now being placed on higher levels of moisture and heat transported to the region from elsewhere.
labroots | October 12, 2018

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

Changes in polar jet circulation bring more dust from Sahara Desert to the Arctic
Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi, along with other global scientists, have identified a new mechanism by which warm dust travels from the Sahara Desert to the Arctic Circle, which has been proven to affect rising temperatures and ice melt in Greenland.
Science Daily | October 10, 2018