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The MScF Oral Examination of Eric Ye Liu -FR

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Dec 12, 2018

Category: News and Notices

The MScF Oral Examination of Eric Ye Liu will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. in F & G, 202, Dean's Conference Room.

Oral Examination Chaired By Dr. B. Leblon

Examining Committee
Dr. M. Gong, FOREM

Dr. W. Yu, Economics

Dr. V. Lantz, Co-Supervisor, FOREM

Dr. D. MacLean, Co-Supervisor, FOREM

Advisory Committee
Dr. V. Lantz, Co-Supervisor, FOREM

Dr. D. MacLean, Co-Supervisor, FOREM

Dr. C. Hennigar, HRA-FOREM


Thesis Title: Economics of Early Intervention to Suppress a Potential Spruce Budworm Outbreak in New Brunswick, Canada

Abstract: Spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana Clem.) (SBW) outbreak is the most prominent natural disturbance in eastern Canada. Recently, an early intervention strategy (EIS) has been developed against SBW outbreaks in New Brunswick (NB). In this study, a Spruce Budworm Decision Support System (SBW DSS) was used with a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model and benefit-cost analyses to assess the economics of alternative forest protection strategies in NB. The results demonstrate that a future SBW outbreak would reduce current value total domestic output by up to $35.31 billion. Regarding the efficacy of forest protection strategies, the EIS was predicted to be the most cost-effective and economically efficient. In contrast, if a future SBW outbreak occurs, the EIS Fails & Reactive Strategy was anticipated to be more beneficial than the traditional Reactive Strategy. Overall, these results support the continued use of EIS as the most preferred strategy on economic grounds to protect against SBW outbreaks in NB.

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Contact: Faith Sharpe

Email Address: fsharpe@unb.ca