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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.

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...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-12-08

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on December 8, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report:         I flew over the breach again today, December 8th, and there are some major...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-09-08

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on September 8, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Dr. Charles Flagg released the following report on the status of the breach as we approach the four-year anniversary of...

Updates from the Shinnecock Restoration Program

The ShiRP 2016 trawling season is almost over and we would like to thank all the great volunteers we have had this season. A special thanks goes to the Saint Joseph College and Stony Brook University Undergraduate students who volunteered their time this summer to...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-08-05

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on August 5, 2016.  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...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-06-30

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. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By clicking...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-06-01

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 1, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: Another set of aerial photos and a video mosaic were taken today around 9:30 AM during...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-05-11

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on May 11, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: The flight took place just after low tide in the bay, ~8:40AM EDT May 11th, so many of...

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