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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Kick-off Arktisk Horisont EU-nettverk

Invitasjon til kick-off Arktisk Horisont EU-nettverk – tentativ dato 23. eller 24. mai 2017 Arktisk Horisont EU-nettverk er et prosjekt i regi av Norges forskningsråd som har som hovedmål å stimulere til økt deltakelse og økt suksessrate for regionale aktører i Horisont 2020 (H2020). Arktisk Horisont vil spesielt ha fokus på mobilisering av bedrifter, FoU-miljø Read MoreRead More »

Save the dates: CIRFA Annual Conference 2017

First announcement – save the dates! CIRFA Annual Conference 2017 18-19 October 2017 in Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, Troms. More detailed information will be provided later this year. Please set aside these dates in your calendars. We look forward to seeing you in October!     Contact: Torbjørn Eltoft, Centre Leader CIRFA, tel: +47 776 45 184, Read MoreRead More »

Promotion to full professor: Congratulations professor Brekke!

Dr. Camilla Brekke has been assessed as qualified for promotion from associate professor to full professor. We congratulate Camilla on the achievement! Camilla was awarded her PhD from University of Oslo, Department of Informatics in 2008. She joined the Department of Physics and Technology in 2009. She has over the years gained scientific research knowledge Read MoreRead More »

The Research Council on a site visit to CIRFA

The Research Council of Norway made its first site visit to CIRFA and the University of Tromsø on Thursday 23 March. The site visit is a contractual follow-up meeting with the research centre, and the objective of the meeting was to go through the scientific development in the previous year and review the plans for the coming period. Read MoreRead More »

Accepted paper in IEEE TGRS: "Analysis of Evolving Oil Spills in Full-Polarimetric and Hybrid-Polarity SAR", by Espeseth et al.

Abstract:  Oil spill detection using a time series of images acquired off Norway in June 2015 with the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) is examined. The relative performance of a set of features derived from quad- polarization vs. hybrid-polarity modes in detection of various types of slicks as they evolve on a high Read MoreRead More »

CIRFA seminar 2 March: Arctic Sea Ice Characterization Using Fully Polarimetric Air-Borne and Space-Borne Synthetic Aperture Radar

Date: Thursday 2 March, 12h30-13h30 Venue: CIRFA, Forskningsparken 3, 3rd floor, Tromsø Presented by: Suman Singha, Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Henrich Focke Str. 4, 28199, Bremen, Germany. Arctic Sea Ice Characterization Using Fully Polarimetric Air-Borne and Space-Borne Synthetic Aperture Radar Arctic Sea ice monitoring has attracted increasing attention over the last few Read MoreRead More »

CIRFA seminar 23 Feb: Regional ocean circulation modeling

Date: Thursday 23 February, 12:30 – 13:30 Venue: CIRFA, Forskningsparken 3, 3rd floor, Tromsø Presented by: Kai Christensen, Regional ocean circulation modeling Abstract: A brief overview of the data assimilative ocean modeling system used at MET Norway is given. This modeling system is built around the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS), which is a community ocean Read MoreRead More »

New article: Combined observations of Arctic sea ice with near-coincident colocated X-band, C-band, and L-band SAR satellite remote sensing and helicopter-borne measurements

The paper “Combined observations of Arctic sea ice with near-coincident colocated X-band, C-band, and L-band SAR satellite remote sensing and helicopter-borne measurements” by Malin Johansson, Jennifer King, Anthony Doulgeris, Sebastian Gerland, Suman Singha, Gunnar Spreen and Thomas Busche, has been published by the Journal of Geophysichal Research Oceans. Abstract In this study, we compare colocated Read MoreRead More »

Use of remote sensing for Arctic marine operations

Doctoral student Runa A. Skarbø bridges work of SFI CIRFA SFI and SAMCoT (Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology), hosted  by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In her studies, Skarbø focuses on operational use of ice intelligence retrieved from remote sensing products such as synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images, marine radar and other Read MoreRead More »

Unprecedented Arctic phytoplankton bloom under snow-covered ice observed during N-ICE2015 Arctic campaign

A new article has been published in Scientific Reports on 19 January 2017: “Leads in Arctic pack ice enable early phytoplankton blooms below snow-covered sea ice”, by Philipp Assmy and 40 co-authors. Among the co-authors are CIRFA participants Sebastian Gerland, Anthony Doulgeris and Nick Hughes. The paper presents an unprecedented Arctic phytoplankton bloom under snow-covered Read MoreRead More »

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