Various Sites Throughout the Peconic Estuary
Benthic Mapping of the Peconic Estuary
Accurate information is needed about the benthic environment in the Peconic Estuary in order to properly manage this complex and important system. In particular, information is needed about the physical characteristics and spatial distribution of different bottoms types; the composition and spatial distribution of the benthic fauna; and the relationships between spatial patterns in the bottom types and benthic organisms.
Through numerous phases of this work, the Research Foundation of SUNY Stony Brook has studied benthic habitats in the Peconic Estuary using the side-scan sonar and multibeam bathymetry to map portions of the Peconic Estuary. Through their work, they have provided data products (maps) that show the distribution of different acoustic provinces; collecte bottom photographs and sediments samples to provide ground truth for the acoustic provinces; collected and analyzed benthic faunal samples; and sought to and understand relations between sediment and faunal patterns.