CIRFA – Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations

cirfa_pms_633CIRFA is is a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) and is funded by the Research Council of Norway (grant number 237906) together with 6 research partners and 12 industry partners.

CIRFA shall do research on methods and technologies that can reliably detect, monitor, integrate and interpret multi-sensor data describing the physical environment of the Arctic, and efficiently assimilate this information into models to perform predictions of sea ice state, meteorological and oceanographic conditions, on both short and long timescales. Read more

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Innovation Days 2016

The 3rd Innovation Days in Tromsø 6-7. December 2016 – Save the date! New Space, Drones, Integrated Remote Sensing and Visualization will be the main topics in 2016. We will also hear success stories from executives in the new space and drone. The program will be published soon. We hope to see you in Tromsø Read MoreRead More »

Sentinel-3 Validation Team (S3VT)

CIRFA associated PhD student Katalin Blix got accepted to be a part of the S3VT.  S3VT is a collaborative agreement between ESA and EUMETSAT. The aim of the project is: “To engage world-class validation expertise and activities to complement Sentinel-3 routine validation activities and ensure the best possible outcomes for the Sentinel-3 Mission” (ESA). Being Read MoreRead More »


The Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation (CLEO) conference was held in Frascati, Italy from 6- 8 September 2016. CIRFA presented a poster at the conference: “Ocean Color Remote Sensing of the Marginal Ice Zone in the Arctic”, written by Katalin Blix and Torbjørn Eltoft. The abstract can be read here. The Read MoreRead More »

Newsletter October 2016

Tromsø 14.10.2016 Dear Colleagues, Since the last Newsletter, CIRFA has arranged its first Annual Conference. On September 13th & 14th, about 60 participants from CIRFA partners, and collaborating organizations, were gathered at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel to discuss research issues, come up with ideas for innovation projects, and to socialize in the calm and scenic environment, Read MoreRead More »

New open access article: Dynamics of the Terra Nova Bay Polynya: The potential of multi-sensor satellite observations

The open access paper “Dynamics of the Terra Nova Bay Polynya: The potential of multi-sensor satellite observations”, by Thomas Hollands, Alfred Wegener Institute, and Wolfgang Dierking, Alfred Wegener Institute and CIRFA/UiT, has been published by the journal Remote Sensing of Environment. Abstract:  Research on processes leading to formation, maintenance, and disappearance of polynyas in the Read MoreRead More »

CIRFA seminar 13 Oct: Measurement and modeling of the transport and evolution of oil slicks on open water

Date: Thursday 13 October, 14:00-15:00 Venue: CIRFA, Forskningsparken 3, 3rd floor, Tromsø Presented by: Adjunct Professor Cathleen Jones, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology/UiT Measurement and modeling of the transport and evolution of oil slicks on open water Although radar has long been used for mapping the spatial extent of oil slicks, its capability for characterizing Read MoreRead More »

Former Jubilee Professor revisiting Chalmers

Wolfgang Dierking from Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, and CIRFA Adjunct Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway has previously worked at Chalmers both as postdoc and as Chalmers Jubilee Professor and is now revisiting Earth and Space Sciences during three weeks. This time he is there as participant in the ESA-project ”Information content Read MoreRead More »

Pictures from CIRFA Conference 2016

Thank you to all participants at last week’s CIRFA conference on Sommarøy, Tromsø. Mapping of sea ice, oil spills and ocean were only some of the topics discussed during the first conference. Photos by Vibeke Os, UiT.Read More »

Accepted paper in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGARS)

The paper “Tomographic Imaging of Fjord Ice Using a Very High Resolution Ground-based SAR System”, by Temesgen Gebrie Yitayew, Laurent Ferro-Famil, Torbjørn Eltoft and Stefano Tebaldini, has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGARS). Abstract: The paper presents new experimental results of 3-D imaging using tomographic techniques over a snow covered sea ice medium, sensed with an X-band radar Read MoreRead More »

Accepted paper in JGR Oceans

The paper: “Measurement and Modeling of Oil Slick Transport” by Cathleen E. Jones, Knut-Frode Dagestad, Øyvind Breivik, Benjamin Holt, Johannes Röhrs, Kai Håkon Christensen, Martine Espeseth, Camilla Brekke and Stine Skrunes has been accepted for publishing by Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans. Abstract: Transport characteristics of oil slicks are reported from a controlled release Read MoreRead More »

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