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Roger D. Flood

FloodResearch Professor

Ph.D., 1978, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Marine geology, sediment dynamics, continental margin sedimentation

Research Interests

I am presently studying sedimentation processes and patterns in several marine and fresh water environments. I am particularly interested in the use of high-resolution methods, including geophysical techniques (side-scan sonar, seismic profiling, physical property analysis, and high-resolution bathymetry), photography, submersible studies and sediment analysis, to provide new insights into sedimentary processes. My current research includes sedimentation patterns in modern environments (including the Great Lakes, the Hudson River, and local estuaries), the structure and evolution of sedimentary bodies on the continental margin, and new methods of rapid sediment characterization.

Precise characterization of sedimentary environments is important for understanding marine and freshwater environmental problems. We have been using high-resolution geophysical techniques in studies of contamination problems in Lake Ontario (PCB resuspension and ship-derived wastes) and in the Hudson River (PCBs) as well as in benthic habitat surveys in Long Island’s Great South Bay (hard-clams). These studies, undertaken in multidisciplinary groups, provide new insights into long-standing management issues.

It is important to understand the structure and development of submarine fans and sediment drifts on the continental margin. Submarine fans contain much of the sediment eroded from continents during sea level lowstands and significant hydrocarbon reserves. A drilling program on the Amazon Fan in 1994 (ODP Leg 155) studied the sedimentary processes, facies, and climate records of this modern deposit. Sediment drifts on continental margins collect sediment transported to the site by bottom currents. High sedimentation rates result in expanded climate records, and bedforms created by flowing waters contain a record of those flows. ODP Leg 172 studied bed forms and climate records on the Blake Bahama Outer Ridge in early 1997.

Selected Publications

Flood, R.D. and Piper, D.J.W., 1997. Amazon deep-sea fan: relationship to equatorial climate change, continental denudation and sea-level fluctuations. In: Flood, R.D., Piper, D.J.W., Klaus, A. and Peterson, L.C. (eds), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 155: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program).

Hawley, N., Wang, X., Brownawell, B. and Flood, R.D., 1996. Sediment resuspension in Lake Ontario during the unstratified period, 1992-1993. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 22: 707-721.

Ryan, W.B.F. and Flood, R.D., 1996. Side-looking sonar backscatter response at dual frequencies. Marine Geophysical Researches, 18: 689-705.

Stoll, R.D., Bautista, E. and Flood, R.D., 1994. New tools for the study of seafloor geotechnical and geoacoustical properties. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 92: 2937-2944.

Flood, R.D.; Shor, A.N.; Manley, P.L. Morphology of abyssal mud waves at Project MUDWAVES site in the Argentine Basin. Deep-Sea Research II, 40:859-888; 1993.

Flood, R.D.; Manley, P.L.; Kowsmann, R.O.; Appi, C.A.; Pirmez, C. Seismic facies and Late Quaternary growth of Amazon submarine fan. In: Weimer, P.; Link, M.H., eds.. Seismic Facies and Sedimentary Processes of Modern and Ancient Submarine Fans. New York: Springer-Verlag; pp: 415-433; 1991.

Flood, R.D. Submersible studies of current-modified bottom topography in Lake Superior. Journal of Great Lakes Research 15:3-14; 1989.

Flood, R.D. A lee-wave model for deep sea mud wave activity. Deep-Sea Research 35:975-983; 1988.

SoMAS Alum Celebrates Release of First Book

Laurie Zaleski has found a way to communicate her science to new audiences and published her first book. A graduate from the lab of Dr. Roger Flood, she earned her M.S. degree from the Marine Sciences Research Center (now SoMAS) at Stony Brook University in 2002. A...

SoMAS at Setauket Harbor Day

SoMAS faculty participated in the annual Setauket Harbor Day on September 28 with demonstrations of a drone boat and were even found on the water in a canoe! This free event, hosted by the Setauket Harbor Task Force, offers Harbor and Maritime History Tours,...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2018-10-19

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on October 19, 2018.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By...

Roger Flood’s Retirement Party

SoMAS celebrated Professor Roger Flood's retirement on August 22nd. Photos taken by Malcolm Bowman are available on Google Photos.


Welcome!Welcome to SoMAS! Many opportunities await you here. There could be no better time to enter a career in marine and atmospheric sciences. Read More from the Dean

SoMAS Research Brings Drone Boats to Setauket Harbor Day

Drs. Roger Flood, Kamazima Lwiza, Mary Scranton and PhD student Sarah Nickford attended the Setauket Harbor Day on September 23rd and provided a hands-on demonstration of a drone boat.  SoMAS is currently testing two different versions of the boat, one is capable of...

SoMAS 2016 Retrospective Banquet

Many thanks for those that joined us on December 14, 2016 for our Holiday Retrospective with great food and people. The highlight was when Santa arrived and the little ones all got a ride with him. A special thank you to those who helped organize the event including...

Update on the Old Inlet Breach and Great South Bay

As those who have ventured over to the Old Inlet breach recently have undoubtedly noted, there have been major changes in the breach over the past few months. Charles N. Flagg, Roger Flood, Robert Wilson and Claudia Hinrichs at the School of Marine and Atmospheric...

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