CIRFA contributions at IGARSS2017

Exciting week for CIRFA where our members are presenting their work at the IGARSS2017 (IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium) in Fort Worth, Texas, US. First out is WP2 and Camilla Brekke who on Monday 24 July will present “Sea ice segmentation using TanDEM-X pursuit monostatic and alternating bistatic modes” by T. G. Yitayew, A. Read More

New paper in JSTARS: Lake and Fjord Ice Imaging Using a Multifrequency Ground-Based Tomographic SAR System

The paper “Lake and Fjord Ice Imaging Using a Multifrequency Ground-Based Tomographic SAR System” by Temesgen Gebrie Yitayew, Laurent Ferro-Famil, Torbjørn Eltoft and Stefano Tebaldini has recently been published in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. Abstract:  The radar backscatter response of snow covered lake and fjord ice is investigated Read More

Radio report: Drones over Spitzbergen

The radio programme “Wissenschafts-magazin” on Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) has published a radio report about the in-situ work with drones in Ny-Ålesund. The report from Spitzbergen describes how the researchers work under extreme conditions to better understand the decline of sea ice, while flying with a drone above the sea surface and analysing in real-time Read More

ASUF and CIRFA seminar 29 June: How remote sensing technologies are advancing communication needs for unmanned systems

ASUF and CIRFA are inviting all intested to attend a guest lecture by Philip McGillivary, The talk is titled «How remote sensing technologies are advancing communication needs for unmanned systems» Date: Thursday 29 June, 14h00 Venue: Teknologibygget Auditorium 1.023 Presented by: Dr. Philip McGillivary, US Coast Guard Pacific Area & Icebreaker Science Liaison Contact: Rune Storvold,, Read More

PhD position in Oil Spill Remote Sensing – apply by 20 July

CIRFA has an open PhD position in Oil Spill Remote Sensing. We are seeking a candidate holding a Master’s degree in physics or mathematics, with documented knowledge and interests in theoretical aspects of radar remote sensing, including radar scattering modelling, and experience in signal and image analysis of multi-polarization SAR data. A background in remote Read More

UiT’s Research and Development Award to Torbjørn Eltoft

We extend our congratulations to professor Torbjørn Eltoft as recipient of UiT’s Research and Development Award. The award was announced at rector’s summer party, an annual event which took place yesterday. The jury’s arguments can be read here (in Norwegian):  

CIRFA Annual Report 2016

The CIRFA Annual Report 2016 is available for download:

Oil-in-ice experiment debriefing

March 14 – April 4, 2017 a large-scale oil-in-ice laboratory experiment took place at Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH (HSVA). This was a joint effort between the Research Council of Norway (RCN) PETROMAKS2 research project “Microscale Interaction of Oil with Sea Ice for Detection and Environmental Risk Management in Sustainable Operations” (MOSIDEO) and the RCN SFI “Centre Read More

CIRFA and INTPART Arctic Summer School in the news

The national newspaper Klassekampen featured INTPART Arctic Summer School 2017 in a news story on 19 May, 2017, titled “Jakter svar i Polhavet” – Searching for answers in the Arctic Ocean.   Reference: Rapp, O. M. (2017): Jakter på svar i Polhavet. Klassekampen (19.05.2017). [link to pdf]

New article: Object-Based Detection of Linear Kinematic Features in Sea Ice (Open Access)

Stefanie Linow and Wolfgang Dierking’s new article “Object-Based Detection of Linear Kinematic Features in Sea Ice” was recently published in the Journal Remote Sensing. Abstract Inhomogenities in the sea ice motion field cause deformation zones, such as leads, cracks and pressure ridges. Due to their long and often narrow shape, those structures are referred to as Read More