Faculty Profile

Photograph of David Holland

David Holland

Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere/Ocean Science
Warren Weaver Hall, Office 912


Ph.D., Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, McGill University, Canada, 1993.
M.S., Physical Oceanography, Memorial University, Canada, 1986.
B.A., Mathematics and Computer Science, Memorial University, Canada, 1993.
B.S., Physics, Memorial University, Canada, 1984.

Research Interests

I am a physical climate scientist who studies phenomena relating to the Polar Regions and their impacts on global climate. My 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 improvements. I have published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles on polar environmental science. I am a Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere-Ocean Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, Director of the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (EFDL) in New York City, and Director of the Center for Sea Level Change at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Selected Publications

X. Li, D.M. Holland, E.P. Gerber, and C. Yoo, "Impacts of the north and tropical Atlantic Ocean on the Antarctic Peninsula and sea ice", Nature 505, 538–542, doi:10.1038/nature12945 (2014)
D.M. Holland, R.H. Thomas, B. deYoung, M.H. Ribergaard, and B. Lyberth, "Acceleration of Jakobshavn Isbrae Triggered by Warm Subsurface Ocean Waters", Nature Geoscience 1, doi:10.1038/ngeo316 (2008)
D.M. Holland, "Explaining the Weddell Polynya - A large ocean eddy shed at Maud Rise", Science 292, 1697-1700 (2001)