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dc.contributor.authorXu, Yingen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:34:58Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:34:58Z
dc.date.issued2012-04-23en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05032012-141622en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32168
dc.description.abstractAs more emphasis is put on biodiversity conservation, how best to select a system of protected areas for wildlife conservation is an issue of great importance. There is a rich economics literature on the reserve site selection problem. However, most economic studies assume the independence of risks that affect wildlife species, leaving the issue of spatially correlated risk largely unexplored. This study contributes to the literature in twoaspects. First, this study incorporates spatially correlated risk, into a reserve site selection model. And second, this study incorporates heterogeneous spatial risk, in the context of land development risk in Virginia, both with and without a budget constraint. To evaluate the significance of spatially correlated risk in conservation design, I apply the reserve site selection model to a Virginia landscape. In a basic setting, a hazard is introduced which is allowed to spread to adjacent land parcels, where I investigate the impact of spatially correlated risk at three spatial scales: one-county, four-county, and state-level. Optimal reserve designs are characterized by similar spatial patterns indicating that spatially correlated risk plays an important role in the selection of parcels for reserve. Specifically, as spatially correlated risk increases, I find that, in general, reserve connectivity decreases. I also examine a setting with heterogeneous risk and observe similar patterns in the optimal reserve design. I find that the reserve becomes more dispersed in higher risk areas primarily. Finally, I explore the tradeoffs between species protection and budget constraints in the presence of heterogeneous spatial risk. All comparative statics indicate that spatial correlated risk plays an important role in conservation reserve design.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartXu_Y_T_2012.pdfen_US
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectOptimizationen_US
dc.subjectReserve Site Selectionen_US
dc.subjectWildlifeen_US
dc.subjectSpatially Correlated Risken_US
dc.titleOptimal Wildlife Reserve Site Selection with Spatially Correlated Risken_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForestryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBusby, Gwenlyn M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSullivan, Jayen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAmacher, Gregory S.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05032012-141622/en_US
dc.date.sdate2012-05-03en_US
dc.date.rdate2012-05-18
dc.date.adate2012-05-18en_US


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