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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Vacant PhD positions in (1) Remote sensing of oil in Arctic sea ice and (2) RPAS remote sensing for Arctic applications

EXTENDED DEADLINE – 10 January 2017 CIRFA has currently two open PhD candidates at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, with an extended application deadline on 10 January 2017. The candidates will focus on  (1) Remote Sensing of Oil in Arctic Sea Ice and (2) RPAS remote sensing for Arctic applications. The appointment is for Read MoreRead More »

Newsletter December 2016

CIRFA-Newsletter Tromsø, 17.12.2016   Dear CIRFA-partners, colleagues,  and collaborators, Time is passing fast. The year 2016 is approaching the end, and it is time to summarize with a brief status report. 2016 was the first full year of operation in CIRFA. The Centre is now well established in new premises in SIVA innovation Centre in Read MoreRead More »

Plans for oil-in-ice experiment spring 2017

An experiment to freeze oil in ice with the aim to investigate oil-spill detection capabilities in sea ice with remote sensing techniques and to study the oil’s micro-scale behaviour and transport, is under planning and will be carried out in March/April 2017. CIRFA work package 3 Oil Spill Remote Sensing will carry out the joint oil-in-ice experiment Read MoreRead More »

INTPART project to CIRFA: Arctic Field Summer School

CIRFA has been awarded a project under the programme “International partnerships for excellent education and research” (INTPART). The project is titled “Arctic Field Summer Schools: Norway-Canada-USA collaboration” and is lead by Associate Professor Anthony Doulgeris at UiT. The project supports a three-part research and education collaboration between UiT-the Arctic University of Norway, University of Alaska Read MoreRead More »

New article: Measurement and modeling of oil slick transport

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, made the front page of Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, in its latest issue in October 2016.  Abstract: Transport characteristics of oil slicks are reported from Read MoreRead More »

CIRFA seminar 10 Nov: Research topics in the field of remote sensing at University of Florence

Date: Thursday 10 November, 14:00-15:00 Venue: CIRFA, Forskningsparken 3, 3rd floor, Tromsø Presented by: Fabrizio Argenti Research topics in the field of remote sensing at University of Florence The aim of this seminar is presenting some research activities recently developed at University of Florence in the field of remote sensing. First, the problem of retrieving the Read MoreRead More »

Popular science seminar 10 Nov: CIRFA ongoing research and some emerging results

Torbjørn Eltoft will present some of our on-going research in a faculty lunchseminar. Date: Thursday 10 November, 11:15-12:00 Venue: Lille Aud, Realfagbygget, UiT Sign-up for free lunch! About the event:  This is the third NT-lunchseminar in a serie of three popular science seminars this autumn. The SFI, Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations has Read MoreRead More »

Innovation Days 2016

The 3rd Innovation Days in Tromsø 6-7. December 2016 – Save the date! Date: December 6-7, 2016 Venue: Linken – SIVA Innovasjonssenter, Tromsø, Norway Register here Program: Tuesday 6 December 2016 10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee 10:30-10:35 Opening of the 3rd Innovation Days. Managing director Øyvind Hilmarsen, Tromsø Centre for Remote Sensing Prof. Torbjørn Eltoft, Director Centre 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 »

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