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Colin C. Hardy

Supervisory Biologist
5775 US West Highway 10
Missoula, MT 59808
Phone: 406-329-4978
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Current Research

I am the Program Manager for the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program. I am neither able, nor is it appropriate, for me to commit much of my time to research at this time. However, my research focus remains thermal infrared remote sensing, and I am managing several agreeemnts with others to continue the Program's momentum in this area.

Research Interests

Thermal infrared (TIR) remote sensing of fire and the combustion process is my research area of interest.

Past Research

The science of remote sensing for fire is still laregly unexplored. Many are applying TIR remote sensing strategies in fire research, but few have quantified or acknoweldeged the many constraints and conditions under which it is simply not appropriate. My interest focuses on the efficacy of both field and lab-based applications of TIR remote sensing.

Why This Research is Important

My dissertation work focused on TIR remote sensing of geothermal features. Such feature provided a relatively stable (temporally and spatially) target with which to explore the efficacy of TIR remotes sensing. Other past research not related to TIR remote sensing includes leadership in the development of the national spatial data for Fire Regime Condition Class. Prior to that, I worked in, and ultimately managed field cahracterization of smoke chemistry, providing emissions factors and source strength models for air quality management, including lead compiler for the NWCG 2001 National smoke management guide for prescrtibed and wildland fires.


  • University of Montana, Missoula, BS Resource Conservation, 1977
  • University of Washington, MS Forest Resource Management, 1983
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Ph.D. Forestry, 2005

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Research Highlights


Whitebark Pine Management Guide Published

Don't expect the Clark's nutcracker, a jay-size bird named for the Lewis and Clark expedition's William Clark, to save the declining whitebark p ...


Last updated on : 02/24/2015