March 4, 2020
The haunting reality of how quickly climate change is negatively impacting earth is only growing more alarming. Greenland and Antarctic researcher, David Holland, Professor of Mathematics, Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU; Affiliated Faculty and Principal Investigator, Center for Sea Level Change, saw firsthand with his wife, Denise Holland, Field Logistics, Outreach, and Media Officer for David’s research team, how detrimental and vast these impacts are. While in Greenland in July 2018, the Holland’s witnessed a glacier, about half the size of New York’s Manhattan Island, break off. Rising sea levels across the globe are a result of temperature increases causing the world’s glaciers to melt at a rate much faster than it takes for ice sheets to grow.
NYU DC Dialogues hosted an evening discussion with David and Denise Holland, who shared their research and expertise on the consequences of climate change at the world’s edge. NYU DC lecturer and Science Writer for The Associated Press, Seth Borenstein, moderated the discussion.
Please note that this program may have been filmed and/or photographed.
David Holland is a physical climate scientist who studies phenomena relating to the polar regions and their impacts on global climate. His current research focuses on the computer modeling of the interaction of the Earth’s ice sheets with ocean waters, and the acquisition and implementation of observational data for model improvement. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on polar environmental science. He is a Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere-Ocean Science in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, and Director of the Center for Sea Level Change (CSLC) of the Abu Dhabi Research Institute.
Denise Holland works as the Field Logistics, Outreach, and Media Officer for David Holland’s research team in New York and Abu Dhabi. She has been organizing and participating in Greenland expeditions for seven years, both at east and west coast locations. For the last several years, Holland has also organized a summer field school for New York University (NYU) undergraduate and graduate students. At NYU New York, she plays a principle role in the development of an Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (EFDL). Holding both a Business degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a French degree from McGill University, she is also currently completing an undergraduate degree in Art History from New York University.
Seth Borenstein teaches journalism and society at New York University's Washington DC campus. He also is a national science writer for The Associated Press, the world's largest news organization, covering issues ranging from climate change to astronomy. He is the winner of numerous journalism awards, including the National Journalism Award for environment reporting in 2007 from the Scripps Foundation and the Outstanding Beat Reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2008 and 2004. He was part of an AP Gulf of Mexico oil spill reporting team that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Environment Reporting and a special merit award as part of the 2011 Grantham environment reporting prizes. He was part of a team of finalists for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. A science and environmental journalist for more than 25 years, covering everything from hurricanes to space shuttle launches, Borenstein has also worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers' Washington Bureau, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He is the co-author of three out-of-print books, two on hurricanes and one on popular science. He has flown in zero gravity and once tried out for Florida Marlins (unsuccessfully).