Flagg, Ph.D., Charles N.

Charles Flagg works at Stony Brook University on the Great South Bay Project. The goal of the Great South Bay program is to gain a thorough understanding of the biogeochemistry of the Bay and its effect on pelagic and benthic communities.  Currently this effort is supported by the NY Department of State in which observations and models are combined in support of the development of an ecosystem based management approach to address the ecological problems besetting the Bay.  The hydrodynamic model is undergoing a major upgrade so as to deal more effectively with the complex topography of the western portions of the Bay.  The model results presented below deal with one aspect of the Bay, that is the potential impact of a large breach in Fire Island.  The model is also being used to study the impact of tides and winds on the distribution and dispersal of passive tracers and plankton.   Hurricane Sandy caused significant over washes and three breaches in Fire Island in the area between the historic Old Inlet area and Moriches Inlet LIAS June 2013 Programs: The Breach at Old Inlet