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.

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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 »

CIRFA seminar 22 Sep: Fieldwork campaigns during the summer where CIRFA has participated

Date: Thursday 22 September, 14:00-15:00 Venue: CIRFA, Forskningsparken 3, 3rd floor, Tromsø Presented by: Malin Johansson, Stine Skrunes, Martine Espeseth, Anja Rösel/Jean Negrel Fieldwork campaigns during the summer where CIRFA has participated During the summer CIRFA has participated in 4 different fieldwork campaigns. The campaigns has been in cooperation with the Norwegian clean seas association for Read MoreRead More »

CIRFA at ESA’s citizens’ debate

The 10th of September, PhD student Martine Espeseth from UiT and Ida Jaklin Johansen from Kongsberg Spacetec (one of CIRFA research partners), participated at the citizens’ debate, hosted by the Norwegian Space Centre, as an initiative from the European Space Agency (ESA). Information on this meeting can be found here: The agenda of this Read MoreRead More »

We are hiring: IT Engineer

CIRFA is hiring an IT engineer to design and implement a prototype of the CIRFA cloud, a collaborative platform that makes it easy to create scalable pilot service demonstrations based on algorithms developed within CIRFA. The work will include: design and implementation of a cloud computing environment for developing and deploying services based on remote sensing Read MoreRead More »

CIRFA Annual Conference

The registration to the first CIRFA Annual Conference, 13-14 September 2016, is now open. Please register by 23 August if you require a hotel room. Click here to register The CIRFA Annual Conference will serve as an important arena for CIRFA’s partners to exchange ideas. The primary focus of the conference will be to present Read MoreRead More »

Newsletter June 2016

CIRFA Newsletter June 2016 Tromsø 10.06.2016 Dear Partners, In the week before Easter, the CIRFA personnel in Tromsø moved from the NOFIMA building on the UiT-Campus to the new and permanent location in Forskningsparken or SIVA Innovasjonssenter Tromsø, as it is now called.  CIRFA is well established in the new office space, and we find Read MoreRead More »

First results from the NORSE2015 oil spill remote sensing campaign

Satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data is used operationally for continuous monitoring of ocean areas and for detection of accidental and illegal oil spills. However, much research is still needed in order to develop more reliable methods for discrimination between actual oil spills and other, natural, phenomena, and for extraction of information of a known Read MoreRead More »

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