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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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 MoreRead 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 MoreRead 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 MoreRead More »

Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Earth Observation and Remote Sensing at CIRFA - apply by 20 July

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 »

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 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):  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 »

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