CORVALLIS, Ore. - Distinguished lectures on hurricanes and climate change, the devastating 2004 Asian tsunami, tracking whales and Oregon coastal erosion were highlights of the John Byrne Lecture Series years at Oregon State University in recent years.

Now a sponsor of the series is making those lectures available on two DVDs so that a broader audience can gain the insights that world-class experts offered on these ocean-related topics.

The lectures are presented uncut and unedited, and the presentations include all the slides and other media used by the presenters, as well as audience questions.

The lectures by OSU coastal geologist Paul Komar, “Living on the Oregon Coast in a Century of Climate Change,” and OSU marine mammal researcher Bruce Mate, “Tracking Whales,” are on one DVD. Lectures by MIT hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel, “Hurricanes and Climate Change,” and by a leader in U.S. tsunami science, NOAA’s Eddie Bernard, “The Dec. 26, 2004 Tsunami: Lessons Learned for Improved Tsunami Preparedness,” are on the second DVD.

Sea Grant and the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences sponsored the Byrne lectures to promote interest in ongoing issues in marine and atmospheric sciences, particularly on themes of resources, policy and communicating science. The public lecture series was named for former OSU President John Byrne, who also was dean of oceanography, and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The DVDs are available for $6.95 each from Oregon Sea Grant, 322 Kerr Administration Building, OSU, Corvallis, OR 97331. Order ORESU-V-06-004 (vol. 1, Komar, Mate) or ORESU-V-06-005 (vol. 2, Emanuel, Bernard).

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