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

cirfa_pms_633CIRFA 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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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. Suman.Singha@dlr.de 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, Met.no 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 »

Arctic Frontiers: Best Poster Award

The Arctic Frontiers 2017 Most Outstanding Poster Award goes to Katalin Blix, with her poster “Monitoring primary productivity through Chlorophyll-a content estimation in the Arctic”. Abstract:  “Primary productivity in Arctic oceanic waters can be continuously monitored from space by optical imaging sensors through Chlorophyll-a content. There are several sensors with various spatial and spectral resolution that acquires Read MoreRead More »

Emerging Leaders of Arctic Frontiers 2017

Over a number of days, the Emerging Leaders programme of Arctic Frontiers gathered young professionals to meet with representatives from academia, business and the public sector in order to discuss and convey scientific and political issues related to the Arctic. CIRFA associated PhD student Katalin Blix represented Tromsø/ Hungary in the program. The event took place on Hurtigruten Read MoreRead More »

CIRFA at POLinSAR and Arctic Frontiers

Exciting week for CIRFA where our members are presenting their work both in Frascati, Italy at the POLinSAR conference, and at Arctic Frontiers held in Tromsø. POLinSAR At POLinSAR two oral presentation will be held on Thursday the 26/1, by CIRFA PhD students Alberto Arienzo and Martine Espeseth. Arienzo and Espeseth will present their PhD work Read MoreRead More »

Vacant PhD positions in (1) Remote sensing of oil in Arctic sea ice and (2) RPAS remote sensing for Arctic applications

EXTENDED DEADLINE – 10 January 2017 CIRFA has currently two open PhD candidates at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, with an extended application deadline on 10 January 2017. The candidates will focus on  (1) Remote Sensing of Oil in Arctic Sea Ice and (2) RPAS remote sensing for Arctic applications. The appointment is for Read MoreRead More »

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