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.
Hudson River Biological Modeling Program
The Hudson River Biological Monitoring Program (HRBMP) is a fin fish survey program that
completed its first river wide survey in 1974 and was created due to a large community effort
to protect the rich diversity of the Hudson River from further development of the
Indian Point power plant.
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.
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.