CIRFA – Centre for integrated remote sensing and forecasting for arctic operations
The overall ambition of CIRFA is that the centre will become a knowledge hub for research and development on Arctic surveillance technologies, with leading expertise in disciplines such as remote sensing, signal processing, radar technology, RPAS technology, data assimilation and numerical modelling. CIRFA builds on broad competence in remote sensing, and takes advantage of the considerable infrastructure, that has been built up in Tromsø over the recent decades.
CIRFA is hosted by the Department of Physics and Technology at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway. CIRFA is one of 17 Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) granted in 2014. The purpose of an SFI is to build up and strengthen Norwegian research groups that work in close collaboration with partners from innovative industry and public enterprises. The Research Council of Norway (RCN project number 237906), together with the partners and the host institution, provides the funding for the centre. Read more about the SFI scheme here.
The CIRFA consortium consists of 6 research partners (UiT, Norut, MET.NO, NPI, NTNU, NERSC) with extensive experience in Arctic research, and expertise in the relevant scientific disciplines, ranging from technology for RPAS operations to numerical forecast modelling. The 12 industry partners cover both service providers, such as KSAT (a world leader in providing ground station and multi-mission data and information services), and end-users, such as international energy companies. In addition, the consortium consists of small spin-off companies such as Globesar and Aranica.
The core CIRFA team consists of leading senior scientists, PhDs and Post Docs in addition to industry representatives and innovation experts. Download the CIRFA brochure for an overview of the project.