Dr Andy Hardy

PhD Geomatics, MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction, BSc Geography.

Dr Andy Hardy

Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS

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I am currently a lecturer in Remote Sensing in GIS in the Dept. Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, UK. With a PhD in Geomatics (Newcastle University, UK) and an MSc in Environmental Modelling and Monitoring (Manchester University, UK) I have a background in hydrological/environmental modelling, spatial statistics, GIS and remote sensing.

Currently sitting within the Earth Observation and Ecosystem Dynamics research group (https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/dges/research/earth-observation-laboratory/) my research has centred on the use of remote sensing for mapping biophysical parameters including applications related to land cover dynamics, hydrology and malaria vector ecology, using a range of systems from optical/radar satellites to manned aircraft and drones.I have been keen to focus the application of my skills to public health challenges with previous research projects including the use of hydraulic flood modelling for mapping malaria habitats in Western Zambia and the use of drones for providing spatial intelligence for malaria elimination in Zanzibar.



Together with collaborators we have recently secured over $15.5m for a range of research projects including: mapping mangrove forest change across the African Continent (Mangroves Capital); the use of hydraulic flood modelling for mapping malaria vector habitats in Western Zambia (NERC); the use of drones for extracting market-ready products (Innovate UK); and supporting precision agriculture in South America with Earth Observation (UK Space Ageny). Alongside these current projects, over the last five years I have been working closely with the Zanzibar Ministry for Health to provide spatial intelligence for precision larviciding (Royal Geographical Society, Innovative Vector Control Consortium): this work fits within an overall strategy to develop practical spatial tools for operational vector control to help combat diseases like malaria. I warmly welcome collaborators with a similar line of enquiry.

Research Groups


Monitoring the coastal zone using earth observation: application of linear spectral umixing to coastal dune systems in WalesEttritch, G., Bunting, P., Jones, G. A. & Hardy, A. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
Distribution and Drivers of Global Mangrove Forest Change, 1996-2010Thomas, N., Lucas, R. M., Bunting, P., Hardy, A., Rosenberg, A. & Simard, M. 2017 In : PLoS One.12, 6, e0179302
Using low-cost drones to map malaria vector habitatsHardy, A., Makame, M., Cross, D., Majambare, S. & Msellem, M. 2017 In : Parasites & Vectors.10, 29
Spatial and temporal variation in ice sheet surface reflectance characteristics at the MODIS-pixel scale in the ablation area of SW GreenlandTedstone, A. & Black & Bloom 2016
A Detailed Cloud Fraction Climatology of the Upper Indus Basin and Its Implications for Near-Surface Air Temperature*Forsythe, N., Hardy, A. J., Fowler, H. J., Blenkinsop, S., Kilsby, C. G., Archer, D. R. & Hashmi, M. Z. 2015 In : Journal of Climate.28, 9, p. 3537-3556
Mapping hotspots of malaria transmission from pre-existing hydrology, geology and geomorphology data in the pre-elimination context of Zanzibar, United Republic of TanzaniaHardy, A., Mageni, Z., Dongus, S., Killeen, G., Macklin, M. G., Majambare, S., Ali, A., Msellem, M., Al-mafazy, A., Smith, M. & Thomas, C. 2015 In : Parasites & Vectors.8, 1, 41
Living with a changing river and desert landscape at Amara WestWoodward, J. C., Macklin, M. G., Spencer, N., Binder, M., Dalton, M., Hay, S. & Hardy, A. J. 2015 Nubia in the New Kingdom : Lived Experience, Pharaonic Control and Indigenous Traditions. Spencer, N., Stevens, A. & Binder, M. (eds.). London: British Museum
Daily discharge estimation at ungauged river sites using remote sensingBirkinshaw, S., Moore, P., Kilsby, C., O'Donnell, G., Hardy, A. J. & Berry, P. 2014 In : Hydrological Processes.28, 3, p. 1043-105412 p.
Habitat hydrology and geomorphology control the distribution of malaria vector larvae in rural Africa.Hardy, A. J., Gamarra, J. G. P., Cross, D. E., Macklin, M. G., Smith, M. W., Kihonda, J., Killeen, G. F., Ling'ala, G. N. & Thomas, C. J. 2013 In : PLoS One.8, 12, p. n/a13 p., e81931
Examination of elevation dependency in observed and projected temperature change in the Upper Indus Basin and Western HimalayaFowler, H. J., Forsythe, N. D., Blenkinsop, S., Archer, D., Hardy, A., Janes, T., Jones, R. & Holderness, T. 2013 p. abstract #A11A-0011
Characterising soil moisture in transport corridor environments using airborne LIDAR and CASI dataHardy, A. J., Barr, S., Mills, J. & Miller, P. 2012 In : Hydrological Processes.26, 13, p. 1925-193612 p.
A Remote Sensing Approach for Landslide Hazard Assessment on Engineered SlopesMiller, P., Mills, J. P., Barr, S., Birkinshaw, S., Hardy, A. J., Parkin, G. & Hall, S. 2011 In : IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.50, 4, p. 1048 - 10569 p.
Mapping soil moisture as an indicator of transport corridor slope instability using remotely sensed dataHardy, A. J. 2010 In : Journal of Maps.6, sup1, p. 1-1111 p.
Characterising Soil Moisture as an Indicator of Transport Corridor Slope Instability using Remotely Sensed DataHardy, A., Miller, P., Barr, S. & Mills, J. 2009 p. Paper 242