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WATCH: CCU students conduct hypoxia water monitoring

June 30, 2021

For more than a decade, Coastal Carolina University staff, faculty, and students have conducted monitoring in ocean waters along the Grand Strand beaches. Instrumentation is designed to cover numerous ocean water and meteorological conditions. The monitoring was prompted when marine science professor Susan Libes, Ph.D., discovered seasonal hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, in near-shore waters. Readings are provided in a near real-time format over the internet, which can be found at The program is a service for the community and valuable to students, who gain real-world experience.