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.

NY Sea Grant Contributes to Marine Aquaculture Research Projects

Photo above: SBU’s Bassem Allam is the lead PI on a study of hard clams (photo by Bassem Allam); Inset photo: A worker at Norm Bloom & Son Oysters offloads shellfish harvested from the company’s beds in Norwalk, CT (photo by Judy Benson, Connecticut Sea Grant)....

Fall Updates from SoMAS Faculty

Photo above: the 2019 class of SUNY Chancellor's Award recipients, including SoMAS Adjunct Lecturer Maria Brown. Congratulations to SoMAS faculty and staff for their recent awards and recognitions. Interim President Michael Bernstein honored more than 65 faculty and...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-10-24

As the 7th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on October 24, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg noted that the water " was very clear which showed a clear...

SoMAS Dean Awarded for Research on Greenhouse Gas Emission Rates

From "Paul Shepson Awarded for Research on Greenhouse Gas Emission Rates" on Stony Brook News, October 8, 2019. Paul Shepson, Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, has received a $1.1 million award from the National Institute of Standards and...

SoMAS Hosts Marine Science Summer Workshop for NYS Master Teachers 

From Marine Science Summer Workshop for NYS Master Teachers in the Capitols and Communities - News From The Office of Government and Community Relations Newsletter on August 26, 2019 The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences engaged some of New York's best...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-08-24

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on August 24, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg was finally able to get back into the air after resolving some mechanical issues with his aircraft. Mark Lang has...

Bassem Allam Invested as Inaugural Marinetics Endowed Professor

Photo above: Bassem Allam was formally invested as the Marinetics Endowed Professor of Marine Science in Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) on April 26. From left to right: Bassem Allam, SoMAS Dean’s Council Chair Bob Maze,...

SoMAS Student Spending Summer with the Sharks

Picture above:  SoMAS PhD student Lisa Crawford, fishing for sharks!  Photo by Charles Witek. We caught up with Stony Brook University Graduate Student Lisa Crawford during a busy summer field season, and she shared some of her summer adventures with us. Who are you? ...

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