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. The core CIRFA team consists of leading senior scientists, PhDs and Post Docs in addition to industry representatives and innovation experts.

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, Troms fylkeskommune, and the host institution, provides the funding for the centre.

Thematic workshop with focus on modelling, 18-19 September 2019

Where: Sciencepark, Oslo When: 18-19 September 2019 Registration: not available yet Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA) is pleased to invite to a thematic workshop Sep 18-19 with focus on modelling. The objective is twofold: • Status update on the directions of the research going on in CIRFA with regards…Read More »

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Extreme Earth project

The Department of Physics and Technology announces a vacant position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the area of multi-sensor and deep learning for applications in large-scale remote sensing sea ice mapping at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology. The position is funded by the project From Copernicus Big Data to…Read More »

Postdoctoral position at CIRFA - SIDRIFT project

The Department of Physics and technology announces a vacant Postdoctoral position in “Sea Ice Satellite Remote Sensing”. The position is funded by the project “Sea Ice deformation and Snow for an Arctic in Transition (SIDRIFT)” through Research Council of Norway. SIDRIFT will investigate the role of sea ice deformation and snow on ice in the…Read More »

CIRFA Annual Conference 2019

When: 15-16 October Where: Sommarøy Arctic Hotel AS Keep the date!!Read More »

CIRFA is having two presentation at ESA Living Planet Symposium in Milan 13-17 May.

Artem Moiseev, Harald Johnsen, Morten Hansen, Johnny Johannessen: Evaluation of Ocean Surface Current from Sentinel-1A IW Doppler Shift Observations using In-situ, and other Remote Sensing Observations of the Norwegian Coastal Current Tuesday 11:10-11:25 Space 4 Floor 0 and Suman Singha, Malin Johansson2, Anthony Doulgeris: Arctic Sea Ice Classification Using ALOS-2 Palsar-2 L-Band SAR Images Tuesday…Read More »


to PhD student Katalin Blix who has been selected as one of 10 lucky participants for this year’s Researcher Grand Prix.Read More »

Drones help reveal the secrets of glacier crevasses

by Richard Hann, PhD Fellow Many of the glaciers on Svalbard are heavily crevassed. A multidisciplinary research group is now using drones to create high-resolution maps of glacier surfaces to study how crevasses influence the rate of heat exchange with the atmosphere. A glacier is a large mass of snow and ice that is slowly,…Read More »

Visit to Moskow

As a part of the NFR funded «Oil spill and newly formed sea ice detection, characterization, and mapping in the Barents Sea using remote sensing by SAR – OIBSAR” Professor Camilla Brekke and researcher Malin Johansson have visited the P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology at Russian Academy of Sciences. Our partners Andrei Ivanov and…Read More »

Mapping Sea Ice in Framforum 2019

Research done by Sebastian Gerland (NPI) and other members of the CIRFA team was published in Framforum 2019. The article can be found on page 12-17. Fram Forum is published once a year by Framsenteret AS on behalf of FRAM – the High North research Centre for Climate and the Environment.Read More »

New publication!

The article entitled: “Capacity and limits of multimodal remote sensing” by Andrea Marinoni, Saloua Chlaily, Mauro Dalla Mura, Jocelyn Chanussot, Christian Jutten, and Paolo Gamba was accepted to EarthVision 2019. Abstract: Although multimodal remote sensing data analysis can strongly improve the characterization of physical phenomena on Earth surface, nonidealities and estimation imperfections between records and…Read More »

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