Haase, C.G. 2010. Characterizing critical thermal environments for moose (Alces alces) in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. M.S. Thesis, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, USA. 104 pp.
Moose, a bellwether species for climate change, become heat
stressed at temperatures as low as -5° C in winter and 14° C in summer. Moose must balance the energetic cost of
behavioral thermoregulation (i.e., seeking thermal shelters) against metabolizable energy intake over the long-term or face dire
individual and population consequences. To
characterize thermal cover for moose in the Adirondack State Park, I used
hemispherical photography, Gap Light Analyzer and ArcGIS
to model operative temperature, T