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Colin C. Hardy

Supervisory Biologist

5775 US West Highway 10
Missoula, MT 59808
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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, B.S., Resource Conservation, 1977
  • University of Washington, M.S., Forest Resource Management, 1983
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Ph.D., Forestry, 2005
  • Featured Publications


    Hardy, Colin C.; Peterson, Janice L., 2018. Forward
    Hudak, Andrew T.; Freeborn, Patrick; Lewis, Sarah A.; Hood, Sharon M.; Smith, Helen Y.; Hardy, Colin C.; Kremens, Robert J.; Butler, Bret W.; Teske, Casey; Tissell, Robert G.; Queen, Lloyd P.; Nordgren, Bryce L.; Bright, Benjamin C.; Morgan, Penelope; Riggan, Philip J.; Macholz, Lee; Lentile, Leigh B.; Riddering, James P.; Mathews, Edward E., 2018. The Cooney Ridge Fire Experiment: An early operation to relate pre-, active, and post-fire field and remotely sensed measurements
    Heinsch, Faith Ann; McHugh, Charles W.; Hardy, Colin C., 2016. Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program 2015 Research Accomplishments
    Heinsch, Faith Ann; Innes, Robin J.; Hardy, Colin C.; Lee, Kristine M., 2015. Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Program: 2014 Research Accomplishments
    Heinsch, Faith Ann; Innes, Robin J.; Hardy, Colin C.; Lee, Kristine M., 2014. Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program: 2013 Research accomplishments
    Graham, Russell T.; Jain, Terrie B.; Graham, Kathy L.; Denner, Robert J.; Hardy, Colin C., 2014. One-hundred years of wildfire research: A legacy of the Priest River, Deception Creek, and Boise Basin Experimental Forests of Idaho [Chapter 21]
    Sommers, William T.; Loehman, Rachel A.; Hardy, Colin C., 2014. Wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate: Science overview and knowledge needs
    Mason, Larry; White, Germaine; Morishima, Gary; Alvarado, Ernesto; Andrew, Louise; Clark, Fred; Durglo, Mike Sr.; Durglo, Jim; Eneas, John; Erickson, Jim; Friedlander, Margaret; Hamel, Kathy; Hardy, Colin C.; Harwood, Tony; Haven, Faline; Isaac, Everett; James, Laurel; Kenning, Robert; Leighton, Adrian; Pierre, Pat; Raish, Carol; Shaw, Bodie; Smallsalmon, Steven; Stearns, Vernon; Teasley, Howard; Weingart, Matt; Wilder, Spus, 2012. Listening and learning from traditional knowledge and western science: A dialogue on contemporary challenges of forest health and wildfire
    Smith, JaneK.; Smith, Diane; Hardy, Colin C., 2011. 50 years of service: The Missoula Fire Sciences Lab
    Hardy, Colin C.; Kremens, Robert; Dickinson, Matthew B., 2010. Modern developments for ground-based monitoring of fire behavior and effects
    Ryan, Kevin C.; Gallagher, Susan; Hardy, Colin C.; Smith, Diane, 2010. Still hot at 50
    Lentile, L.; Morgan, P.; Hardy, Colin C.; Hudak, Andrew T.; Means, R.; Ottmar, R.; Robichaud, Pete R.; Sutherland, Elaine K.; Szymoniak, J.; Way, F.; Fites-Kaufman, J.; Lewis, S.; Mathews, E.; Shovik, H.; Ryan, K., 2007. Value and challenges of conducting rapid response research on wildland fires
    Hardy, Colin C.; Keane II, Robert E.; Harrington, Michael G., 2000. Associated riparian communities
    Hardy, Colin C.; Keane II, Robert E.; Stewart, Catherine A., 2000. Ecosystem-based management in the lodgepole pine zone
    Canton-Thompson, Janie; Smith, Jane Kapler; Jones, Greg; Brown, Perry J.; Arno, Stephen F.; Daniels, Orville L.; Burk, Dale A.; Hardy, Colin C.; Silvieus, Dave; Pflug, Kristi D.; Winhorst, Bruce; Thompson, Brooke; Ortega, Yvette K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Thompson, Tom; Pearson, Dean E.; Stewart, Cathy; Sullivan, Janet, 1999. ECO-Report - 1999 Symposium highlights five years of learning
    Burgan, Robert; Hardy, Colin C.; Ohlen, Donald; Fosnight, Gene; Treder, Robert, 1999. Ground sample data for the Conterminous U.S. Land Cover Characteristics Database
    Sandberg, David V.; Hardy, Colin C.; Ottmar, Roger D.; Snell, J.A. Kendall; Acheson, Ann; Peterson, Janice L.; Seamon, Paula; Lahm, Peter; Wade, Dale., 1999. National strategic plan: modeling and data systems for wildland fire and air quality.
    Hardy, Colin C.; McCaughey, Ward W., 1997. Restoring fire in lodgepole pine forests of the Intermountain west
    Smith, Jane Kapler; Sullivan, Janet; Carlson, Clinton E.; Lyon, L. Jack; Tewksbury, J.; Hejl, S.; Martin, T.; Arno, Stephen F.; McCaughey, Ward; Stewart, Cathy; Hardy, Colin C.; Jones, J. Greg; Kempf, Madelyn; Weldon, Leslie, 1996. ECO-Report - Halfway home
    Hardy, Colin C.; Conard, Susan; Regelbrugge, Jon C.; Teesdale, David R., 1996. Smoke emissions from prescribed burning of southern California chaparral.
    Hardy, Colin C.; Arno, Stephen F. eds., 1996. The use of fire in forest restoration
    Members of the response team for the Coordinated Response Protocol.
    Different investigations are required by USDA Forest Service and by federal regulations following a wildfire-related fatality. Personnel assigned to conduct data collection for these investigations can become so focused on their task that they can, inadvertently, be insensitive to personnel who were affected by the accident. The Coordinated Response Protocol and Learning Review are designed to make the process as painless as possible for all involved.

    National Strategic Program Areas: 
    Wildland Fire and Fuels
    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Fire, Fuel and Smoke