Climate change explored in Condon Lecture


CORVALLIS - John Imbrie, a prominent oceanographer who pioneered the scientific prediction of future climate change, will speak Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the 1996 Condon Lecture at Oregon State University.

The lecture on "Climate Cycles of Astronomical Origin" will begin at 8 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public.

Imbrie is a professor of oceanography at Brown University, member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of many other career honors.

He developed a method for linking ice ages of known age with changes of the same age recorded in deep-sea cores. This allows researchers to model climate changes of the past million years and project them into the future.

Imbrie originated the CLIMAP Project, a 10-year international effort in which OSU participated, to understand past climate and predict future changes.

The Condon Lectures honor Thomas Condon, a pioneer in Oregon geology. A goal is to help interpret the results of significant scientific research for non-specialists.