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Giant iceberg blocks scientists’ study of ‘Doomsday Glacier’
Antarctica’s so-called Doomsday Glacier, nicknamed because it is huge and coming apart, is mostly thwarting an international effort to figure out how dangerously vulnerable it is.
AP News | February 03, 2022

Canadian researcher on why you should care about the Thwaites Glacier
Over the weekend, physical climate scientist David Holland made it to his research base on the Thwaites Glacier — a vast, unstable and vital ice formation in Southern Antarctica that researchers have scrambled to understand.
National Observer | January 24, 2022

Why is Antarctica's sea ice increasing again?
Scientists at NYUAD want to find out why ice cover in one of the world’s last wildernesses has been expanding over the past decades - when it is being lost everywhere else
The National | July 24, 2021

From north to south pole, climate scientists grapple with pandemic disruptions
As the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world, another ongoing and dire crisis — climate change — has not abated.
PBS | December 04, 2020

Scientists find warm water beneath Antarctica’s most at-risk glacier
Thwaites Glacier is melting fast. But to understand how climate change is driving its decline, scientists need to send instruments through 2,000 feet of ice into the water below.
PBS Nova | April 22, 2020

Polar Extremes
Paleontologist Kirk Johnson explores the dynamic history—and future—of ice at the poles, joining Denise and David Holland and their team of scientists in Greenland to understand how the ice behaves there.
PBS Nova | February 05, 2020

The Ocean Floor is Sinking Due to Climate Change
Climate change is sinking the ocean floor at a rate around 0.1 millimeters (0.004 inches) per year. As It is not enough to protect coastal cities from rising sea levels, it could mean existing methods of calculating sea level rise are off, according to researchers who have developed a new, more accurate system.
Newsweek | January 31, 2020

Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’ reveals alarming new trait to scientists
Scientists have detected unusually warm water underneath Antarctica's "doomsday glacier."
Fox News | January 30, 2020

Connect the World live to Antarctica
“Here in Antarctica, the stakes are really big. We are seeing warm waters approaching the most vulnerable glacier and it could bring it to its knees.”
CNN | November 28, 2019

Al Roker travels to the epicenter of climate change — see his journey to Greenland
TODAY co-host and meteorologist Al Roker traveled to the Arctic Circle to report on what this means for the planet, following environmental experts and NASA as they collect information.
 NBC Today Show | September 16, 2019

Polar winds stir desert dust
Severe dust storms over the Middle East have been traced back to atmospheric events at the top of the world.
Nature Middle East | August 30, 2019

What one Greenland town thinks of the US buying Greenland
NYU's David and Denise Holland are in Greenland studying its melting glaciers, and were surprised by Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland.
CBS News |
August 18, 2019

NYU Abu Dhabi scientists solve 40-year Antarctic hole-in-the-ice mystery
Research led by the university explained how an open body of water formed in the middle of thick ice.
The National | May 09, 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

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

Wild winds puncture precarious polar ice
Ice melt was not the cause of a vast opening in the Antarctic ice in 2017, as previously thought.
Nature Middle East | 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

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

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

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