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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.

Previous Research Projects

Sound Science

The Ferry P.T. Barnum has been equipped with several different oceanographic instruments that take measurements of data as the ferry transits the Sound.  These include air temperature, sea surface temperature, wind velocity and direction, current velocity and direction, shortwave and longwave radiation, air pressure, relative humidity, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll content in seawater. The data being collected on the ferry is being used to update or create atmospheric and oceanographic models of Long Island Sound.  These will enable researchers to better understand the dynamics of Long Island Sound.

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News articles related to regional research are linked below.

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...

New York State Ocean Acidification Task Force to Meet on November 1st

Please join us for the first meeting of the New York State Ocean Acidification Task Force November 1, 2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm 120 Endeavour Hall South Campus, Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 11794 The Ocean Acidification Task Force works to assess the impacts of...

Using GIS to Find the Perfect Summer Internship

About the Author: Lucy DiBenedetto is a fourth-year student in SoMAS Sustainability Studies Program. She currently serves as a mapping intern with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, a GIS Technician for the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, and as a...

Workshop on the Erosion of Long Island’s North Shore

The COAST Institute at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University hosted a Workshop on Resilience and Sustainability of Long Island’s North Shore on Friday October 12, 2018 in Endeavour Hall Room 120. 8:30     Registration/...

Sea Gates Save Lives And Protect Property From Devastation

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT BY THE NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY STORM SURGE WORKING GROUP School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University Hurricane Florence is another wake up call for the New York-New Jersey-Long Island region. Six...

SoMAS Faculty Receive SBU-BNL SEED Grant for Collaborative Research

The SBU-BNL Seed Grant program serves to foster collaborative efforts between scientists at the University and BNL. It is a key opportunity for developing synergistic activities that can grow joint research programs aligned with the strategic plans of both...

SoMAS Faculty Secure $1.1 Million for NY Sea Grant Research Projects

Photo Above: According to Gobler, 2017 was one of the worst years for brown tide and red tides that cause paralytical shellfish poisoning. It covered the entire south shore of Long Island by early June and persisted through late July in Great South Bay, pictured here....

Old Inlet Breach Flyovers 03-26 and 04-25 2018

Above:  Old Inlet Breach on March 26, 2018 Dr. Charles Flagg took flights over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on March 26 and April 25, 2018.  The flyover mosaics are available below. Dr. Flagg noted that the April 25th flight was "near high tide and the sun...

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