NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Superstorm Sandy likely had a big impact on the ocean floor, but it’s hard to see the extent of the changes since we don’t have many “before” pictures.

It’s because of that researchers at the University of Rhode Island are working to develop a better system of tracking and documenting those changes.

Using high-tech equipment, URI researchers are mapping habitat changes along the coast of Fire Island National Seashore, located south of Long Island.

The team is interested in learning about how the ocean floor is affected by things like hurricanes and climate change.In the above video, Meteorologist Pete Mangione speaks to members of the research team about the project and the equipment they’re using.