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Great South Bay Ecosystem Study

Great South Bay is a shallow, well-mixed, lagoonal system on the south shore of Long Island, NY. Known in the past for its extensive finfish (menhaden, winter flounder, and many other species) and shellfish (hard clam, oyster) populations, along with its extensive eelgrass beds that served as spawning and nursery areas, production of commercial and recreational resources has been in decline for decades.  SoMAS faculty are continuously conducting research in the bay, including Dr. Charles Flagg’s study on Superstorm Sandy’s Breach at Old Inlet.

Shinnecock Bay Restoration Project

In response to deteriorating environmental conditions in Shinnecock Bay on Long Island, faculty at SoMAS founded the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) to restore the health of this vital ecosystem. The goal of ShiRP is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay.

Stony Brook Storm Surge Research Group

The Stony Brook Storm Surge Research Group is developing a real-time weather and ocean storm surge prediction system which can be used for a variety of purposes. Such uses include hurricane and nor ‘easter flooding predictions and alerts, water quality and effluent dispersion, the feasibility of building storm surge barriers to protect the New York Metropolitan region from storm damage and coastal flooding in an era of global climate change and rising sea level.

LI Shore

This website maintains a database of meteorological and hydrological data, historical data, images, and written information generated by the system operator or received from other sources. In addition, this site provides in real time a selection of current weather and oceanic observations for use by the national and international community. In an effort to enhance science, experimental products are accessible on this server and care must be taken when using such products as they are intended for research use. Reasonable efforts are made to keep this site available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but timely delivery of data and products from this site through the Internet is not guaranteed.


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News articles related to regional research are linked below.

SoMAS Professors Share Expertise and Advocacy on Hudson Fisheries

Photo above: The sloop Clearwater sails on the Hudson River. From SoMAS Professors Share Expertise and Advocacy on Hudson Fisheries on Stony Brook Matters, July 18th 2017 Three Stony Brook science professors delivered a powerful message to Capitol Hill at a public...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-07-16

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on July 16, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report:   A breach flight yesterday revealed some interesting changes from just a month...

Governor Cuomo Takes Hands-On Approach to Support Water Quality

Pictured above, from Left to Right: Governor Cuomo, Prof. Gobler, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, County Executive Steve Bellone and  Assemblyman Steve Englebright. From the Stony Brook University Capitols and Communities Newsletter, June 28, 2017. Governor Andrew Cuomo has...

Congressman Paul Tonko Tours SBU Water Quality Research Labs

Pictured above: Congressman Paul Tonko (fourth from right) tours Dr. Laura Wehermann's lab in SoMAS along with Center for Clean Water Technology staff.  From the Stony Brook University Capitols and Communities Newsletter, June 28, 2017. On June 6, Congressman Paul...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-06-11

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 11, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg's latest report on the status of the breach is now online.  He notes, among other details, that "there has been a lot...

SoMAS Celebrates Earthstock 2017

Earthstock, the Stony Brook University annual celebration of Earth Day, has been an annual tradition for years.  This year, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, SoMAS had a very significant presence at the event. On Monday April 17th, New York State Assemblyman Steve...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-03-13

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 30, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report:  Today was the first time in a couple of weeks that we've had flyable weather so I...

Worm Lab Research Discovers Crumb Rubber Contains Heavy Metals

Chemosphere, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on environmental contaminants, has published a paper from the Sustainability Studies Earthworm Ecotoxicology Lab: Pochron, S., Fiorenza, A., Sperl, C., Ledda, B., Patterson, C., Tucker, C., … & Panico, N. (2017)....

Old Inlet Breach 2017-01-15

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 30, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: We carried out a photo overflight of the breach area Sunday, January 15th, around...

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