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 2019-06-26

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 26, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  This is the 77th geo-referenced photo mosaic in the series. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a...

Lucy DiBenedetto (BS, 2019)

From WISE Student Is an Activist for Local Water Quality on Stony Brook News by Glenn Jochum on May 29, 2019. If you ever want to start a conversation with Lucy DiBenedetto ’19, just ask her about her backpack. It’s festooned with lanyards, pins and hand-stitched...

SoMAS Faculty Awarded NCAR Early Career Faculty Innovator Award

From Interdisciplinary Program to Examine Potential Coastal Impacts of Climate Change, Natural Hazards by David Hosansky on NCAR & UCAR News, May 16, 2019 The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is launching a significant new program this summer,...

Study Points to Kelp Farming Opportunities on Long Island

Photo above: Stony Brook University scientist Mike Doall, left, and oyster farmer Paul McCormick with kelp grown on the Great Gunn oyster farm this spring. From Study Points to Kelp Farming Opportunities on Long Island on Stony Brook News, April 25, 2019. Pioneering...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-02-14

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on February 14, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report (PDF): Another breach overflight was carried out Thursday Feb 14th near low tide in...

Two SoMAS Teams Awarded Ocean Research Grants to Study Waters off NY

Photo above: New York Bight Whale Monitoring Program. Property of NYSDEC and the aerial survey contractor, Tetra Tech From Two SBU Teams Awarded Ocean Research Grants to Study Waters off NY on Stony Brook News, February 6, 2019. Nearly $570,000 in ocean research...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-01-17

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on January 17, 2019.  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...

Eighteen Students Mentored at Stony Brook Named Top Regeneron Scholars

The Regeneron Science Talent Search has named the top 300 scholars as part of its 78th nationwide research competition among high school students. Eighteen of these students conduct research in Stony Brook University laboratories and are mentored by Stony Brook...

Tracking Horseshoe Crabs by Acoustic Telemetry

From Tracking Horseshoe Crabs by Acoustic Telemetry on the Stony Brook Newsroom on January 9, 2019. Horseshoe crabs have been on earth since before dinosaurs, and they are an important part of the life ecosystem, as multiple marine animals, such as migratory...

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