Kelly Kaletsky

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Michael Trapasso, Conrad Moore, Stuart Foster

Degree Program

Department of Geography and Geology

Degree Type

Master of Science


The stability of Mammoth Cave’s microclimate has never undergone extensive investigation. The Snowball Dining Room area was chosen to measure the microclimate of the cave and to determine if food preparation, human presence and surface temperature variations alter this microclimate. Three portable weather stations containing a temperature / humidity probe, datalogger and microbarograph were placed in various locations along three passageways leading away from the dining room. Readings were taken 24 hours per day for four months. Plotting temperature readings in graph form show a correlation between temperature of the passageway and distance from the dining room.


Earth Sciences | Environmental Sciences | Geography | Geology | Hydrology | Physical and Environmental Geography