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,  numerical modelling and data assimilation. 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.


CIRFA Seminar: Xmas special!

WHEN: 8 December 2022, 14:00-15:00. WHERE: Forskningsparken, meeting room B289 or via Teams (Click here to join the meeting) Dear CIRFA Team and friends, we welcome you to this week`s talk by our collague Saloua Chlaily. Saloua Chlaily is currently a researcher at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She is conducting her research at the Center of Integrated Remote…Read More »

CIRFA Seminiar: Polar TEP Demonstration

WHEN: 24 November 2022, 14:00-15:00. WHERE: CIRFA corridor or via Teams (Click here to join the meeting) Dear CIRFA Team and friends, we welcome you to this week`s talk by David Arthurs, Managing Director at Polar View. The Polar Thematic Exploitation Platform (Polar TEP) provides a complete working environment where users can access algorithms and data remotely, providing…Read More »

The CIRFA cruise report is published!

The CIRFA cruise report is available as open access document with doi. To our knowledge, this was Norway`s the first ship-based research expedition with focus on remote sensing and ground validation. We thank our dedicated team on board and on land as well as our funders for their support that made this expedition possible.Read More »

CIRFA continues until the end of 2023

Dear CIRFA team, partners and friends, We are delighted to share the news with you that NFR has granted CIRFA a project extension until 31 December 2023. This means that we can use up available funds during these four months of extra time to wrap up ongoing projects, work on cruise-related data, and ensure good supervision of our…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar: Automatic detection of low-backscatter targets in the Arctic using Wide Swath Sentinel-1 imagery

WHEN: 10 November 2022, 14:00-15:00. WHERE: CIRFA corridor or via Teams (Click here to join the meeting) Dear CIRFA Team and friends, we welcome you to this week`s talk by Anca Cristea about Automatic detection of low-backscatter targets in the Arctic using Wide Swath Sentinel-1 imagery. Low backscatter signatures in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) are characteristic to surfaces that…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar: Filling in the gaps – using small drones to add context in sea ice research

WHEN: 27 October 2022, 14:00-15:00. WHERE: CIRFA corridor or via Teams (Click here to join the meeting) Dear CIRFA Team and friends, we welcome you to tomorrow`s talk by Adam Steer about “Filling in the gaps – using small drones to add context in sea ice research“. — Summary/short bio: Dr. Adam Steer is a cryosphere generalist with a…Read More »

A new model for estimating mean transport velocity in the marginal ice zone

We present in this paper a new drift model, in which the wind drift factor is taken into account. By comparing the drift of virtual particles forced by ocean-atmospheric models to the observed trajectories of drifters released in the MIZ north of Svalbard, we show that predictions are improved. Read More »

CIRFA Seminar: The CIRFA cruise

Join us for this weeks` CIRFA seminar given by center leader Torbjørn Eltoft. This presentation summarises the activities during our research expedition to Belgica Bank with RV Kronprins Haakon.Read More »

Summer job and master thesis opportunity

Are you interested in remote sensing? You think sea ice is cool? You are looking for practical experience or an exciting master thesis project? Read on! 😉Read More »

CIRFA Seminar: Impact of sea ice transport on Beaufort Gyre liquid freshwater content

Join us for this weeks` CIRFA seminar given by Morven Muilwijk on the Impact of sea ice transport on Beaufort Gyre liquid freshwater content!Read More »

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Project details

Title
Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA)

Duration
2015 – 2023

Objectives

The primary objectives of CIRFAare to meet the challenges of increasing maritime activity in icy waters, support environmental monitoring, and train tomorrow’s specialists.

To accomplish this, we combine Norwegian and international expertise in earth observation and numerical modelling for research-based education and technology development. We focus on detecting, characterising, mapping and forecasting of sea ice, icebergs, ocean surface currents, wind, snow and marine pollution.

CIRFA is one of 17 Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) granted in 2014 by the Research Council of Norway (RCN project number 237906) and together with its research and user partners. CIRFA is hosted by the Department of Physics and Technology at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.

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