CIRFA – Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations

CIRFA 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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Open position: Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Earth Observation and Remote Sensing at CIRFA

We are looking for a talented candidate with great scientific potential, to strengthen and further develop the existing research at CIRFA and the Department of Physics and Technology. To support the candidate, we will contribute with an attractive start-up package including financial support and doctoral positions. Normally, tenure-track positions are for candidates who obtained their Read MoreRead More »

Vacant PhD position in Oil Spill Remote Sensing

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 MoreRead 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): https://uit.no/nyheter/artikkel?p_document_id=522280&p_dim=88205  Read More »

CIRFA Annual Report 2016

The CIRFA Annual Report 2016 is available for download:Read More »

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 MoreRead More »

CIRFA seminar 15 June: Sea surface currents retrieval using along-track interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar

Date: Thursday 15 June, 13h00-14h00 Venue: CIRFA, Forskningsparken 3, 3rd floor, Tromsø Presented by: Anis Elyouncha, PhD Student, Earth and Space Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden Abstract: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) has proven to be a very powerful tool for ocean remote sensing. The ability to measure sea surface currents using Along-Track Interferometry technique with SAR (ATI-SAR) Read MoreRead 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]Read More »

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 MoreRead More »

Introduction day for INTPART Arctic field summer school May 16 - open to all.

The INTPART project “Arctic Field Summer School: Norway-USA-Canada collaboration” kicks off on May 16 in Tromsø. The first summer school in a series of three starts with a full day of keynote lectures on the topic of “Arctic Sea Ice and Remote Sensing. The lectures are open to all, welcome! Arctic Sea Ice and Remote Read MoreRead More »

(Expired) PhD position on Oil-in-Ice in Fjords

CIRFA partner Northern Research Institute Narvik (Norut Narvik) is hiring a PhD research fellow within CIRFA work package 3 Oil Spill Remote Sensing: PhD research fellow in Oil-in-Ice in Fjords Organisation: Norut Narvik Location: Narvik, Norway Duration: 3 years full-time temporary position Application deadline: 24 May 2017 Background In order to facilitate environmentally sound industrial Read MoreRead More »

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