CIRFA Annual Conference


Photo courtesy of Sommarøy Arctic Hotel

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.

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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 ongoing activities and early results in the field of integrated remote sensing and forecasting for Arctic operations and the program will cover a variety of key topics such as:

  • Research profile
  • Innovation stragegy
  • CIRFA field plan
  • Communication strategy



(subject to changes)

Tuesday September 13

10:30 Bus from Tromsø Airport to Sommarøy Arctic Hotel (the bus will also pick up people at SIVA Innovasjonssenter at 10:00, and Prostneset at 10:15)

12:00 – 13:00  LUNCH

13:00 – 13:15  Welcome and overview: Torbjørn Eltoft
13:15 – 13:25  “WP0 CIRFA Centre Management”, Ellen Ingeborg Hætta
13:25 – 13:40  “WP1 Ocean Remote Sensing”, Harald Johnsen
13:40 – 13:55  “WP2 Sea Ice Remote Sensing”, Wolfgang Dierking, Anthony Doulgeris
13:55 – 14:10  “WP3 Oil Spill Remote Sensing”, Camilla Brekke, Christian Petrich
14:10 – 14:20  “Oil spill observation using synthetic aperture radar”, Stine Skrunes
14:20 – 14:30  “Scattering characteristics of oil slicks and look-alikes inferred from PolSAR data.”, Alberto Arienzo
14:30 – 14:40  “The Hybrid-Polarity SAR mode”, Martine M. Espeseth

14:40 – 15:00  COFFEE BREAK

15:00 – 15:10  “Ocean state from SAR as input to ocean state modelling”, Vegard Nilsen
15:10 – 15:20  “Detection and quantification of icebergs using Synthetic Aperture Radar and optical images”, Ingri Halland Soldal
15:20 – 15:35  “WP4 RPAS technology”, Rune Storvold, Tor Arne Johansen
15:35 – 15:50  “WP5 Drift Modelling and Prediction”, Kai Christensen, Rune Graversen
15:50 – 16:05  “WP6 Data Collection and Field Work”, Sebastian Gerland, Camilla Brekke, Rune Storvold
16:05 – 16:15  “Icing and anti-icing on UAVs for cold climate applications”, Richard Hann
16:15 – 16:25  “Data assimilation of Arctic sea ice using EnKF”, Sindre Fritzner
16:25 – 16:35  “Ocean Surface Currents : From satellite images to improved forecasts”, Thomas Lavergne
16:35 – 16:50  “WP7 Pilot Service Demonstration”, Mari-Ann Moen, Nick Hughes, Jan Petter Pedersen
16:50 – 17:00  “NORSE – results from the NOFO 2015 Oil-on-Water exercise”, Knut-Frode Dagestad

17:00 – 17:15  COFFEE BREAK

17:15 – 18:45  Poster session presented by PhD students and Postdoc fellows affiliated to CIRFA.

“Integrated Remote Sensing for Automatic Iceberg Detection”, Vahid Akbari
“Analysis of roughness and dielectric properties of ocean and oil slick using the Extended Bragg model in Polarimetric SAR images”, Alberto Arienzo
“Ocean Color Remote Sensing in the Arctic”, Katalin Blix
“Modeling the Intensity of Synthetic Aperture Radar Images using Compound Probability Distributions” Anca Cristea
“Time Series Analysis of Oil Spill Observation in the Hybrid-Polarity SAR Domain”, Martine Espeseth
“Comparison of EnKF and optimal interpolation on Arctic sea ice”, Sindre Fritzner
“Can tiny floating ice crystals bee seen from space?”, Jakob Grahn
“Tomographic imaging of sea ice using a very high resolution ground-based SAR system”, Temesgen Yitayew Gebrie
“Newly formed sea ice in Arctic leads monitored by X-,C- and L-band SAR”, Malin Johansson
“Sea ice motion from Doppler shifts – Instantaneous ice drift using synthetic aperture radar”, Thomas Kræmer
“Ocean Surface Currents : From satellite images to improved forecasts”, Thomas Lavergne
“Sea Ice classification strategies from fully polarimetric SAR data”, Johannes Lohse
“Observing Arctic fjord ice from in situ to satellite – Examples of the Kongsfjorden 2016 spring campaign”, Jean Negrel
“Ocean doppler estimation using SAR doppler with CDOP(arome) correction verified with buoys”, Vegard Nilsen
“Near field ice drift prediction for marine operations in the Arctic”, Runa Skarbø
“The effect of imaging geometry on oil spill detection using multipolarization SAR”, Stine Skrunes
“Automatic detection of icebergs using high-resolution SAR and optical images”, Ingri Halland Soldal
“Polar Low Dynamics”, Patrick Stoll
“Finite Element Analysis of Microwave Scattering from Sea Ice”, Xu Xu


Wednesday September 14

09:00 – 09:10  The innovation process within CIRFA, Torbjørn Eltoft
09:10 – 09:40  Keynote talk: “Combining unmanned aircraft with satellite remote sensing for sea ice investigations”, James Maslanik
09:40 – 09:50  Methodology for table discussions, Ellen Ingeborg Hætta
09:50 – 10:15  Table discussions – round 1, start table according to personalized agenda
10:15 – 10:40  Table discussions – round 2, change table

10:40 – 11:00  COFFEE BREAK

11:00 – 11:25  Table discussions – round 3, change table
11:25 – 11:50  Table discussions – round 4, change table
11:50 – 12:15  Table discussions – round 5, change table

12:15 – 13:15  LUNCH

13:15 – 14:00  Group leaders present (5 x 9 minutes)
14:00 – 14:15  Summary and closing remarks

14:30  Bus from Sommarøy to Tromsø
16:00  Arrive Tromsø

The table discussions will follow the World Café methodology. Each participant will visit each table according to a personalized agenda.
Objective: exchange ideas, strengthen interaction and communication on themes of high relevance to CIRFA.
The themes are:
– Pink table: Operations/production. Table host: Richard Hall
– Yellow table: Environment and climate. Table host: tba
– Green table: Crisis management. Table host: Rune Storvold
– Blue table: Exploration & Field development. Table host: Camilla Brekke
– Red table: Innovation. Table host: Roald Johansen


Practical information

The event will take place on Sommarøy, Troms, an hour’s drive from Tromsø. Sommarøy Arctic Hotel is a charming resort built in traditional North Norwegian coastal style and comprises a main building and several seaside cabins and fishermen’s cottages.

There is no conference fee for participants from the CIRFA Consortium and organized transportation to and from Tromsø, as well as meals included in the programme are provided free of cost. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the participants.

We have set a side a number of hotel rooms for participants until 8 August. The hotel rooms can be reserved via the conference registration form. You will pay for the hotel room in cash or with a credit card when you check in. Last cancellation date: 24 August 2016. Cancellations after this date will be charged.

You will upon registration receive an automatic email. If you need to cancel or make any changes to your registration, or if you need room outside these dates (13-14 September), please send an email and we will help you,

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