Wes Lu

Wes_Lu_photo resizedWes Lu is currently an Analyst, Energy Markets, at the Alberta Department of Energy. During his MSc study at the University of Alberta’s Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, and after (2014-2017) he collaborated with the Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory to examine the impact of climate change on irrigated agriculture and crop production. He investigated this issue by examining the response of barley, canola, and spring wheat yields to a set of climate variables on both dryland and irrigated lands in southern Alberta, Canada with a panel dataset at the county level from 1983 to 2007. The results of his study is under review for publication in a peer-reviewed Journal. The results suggest that warming and increased precipitation tend to increase dryland crop yields, while increased precipitation in June and July tends to show opposite effects on crop yields on irrigated lands.