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.


New paper: Automatic Selection of Relevant Attributes for Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing Analysis: A Case Study on Sea Ice Classification

PhD fellow Eduard Khachatrian has a new paper on "Automatic Selection of Relevant Attributes for Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing Analysis: A Case Study on Sea Ice Classification"Read More »

Peder Sather Award to Andrea Marinoni

Andrea Marinoni and his colleague Manuela Girotto were awarded the Peder Sather Grant. Congratuations to Andrea and Manuela!Read More »

Welcome to the CIRFA Annual Conference 2021

The CIRFA Annual Conference 2021 is taking place during Oct. 19-21 at the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel. This year's conference will feature sessions on key research topics, a poster session, talks and presentations of early career researchers, and work meetings. Read More »

CIRFA Seminar on 23 September

Welcome to this autumn`s first CIRFA seminar. The seminar will be given by Robbie Mallett on "Snow on Arctic sea ice - much still to learn from Soviet Drifting stations". Welcome!Read More »

Mapping sea ice from space

Have you wondered how sea ice maps can be provided for vast and remote areas? Read on when you are curious to learn about mapping sea ice from space!Read More »

Special Course on Ocean Color Remote Sensing

Katalin Blix, Muhammad Asim, Atsushi Matsuoka and Torbjørn Eltoft are giving a special course on Ocean Color Remote Sensing. Read More »

Detecting mineral oil slicks in ice covered seas from space

The thinning and retreating of the Arctic sea ice has led to increased human presence in Arctic seas. Marine traffic is likely to increase in the future, as are activities such as fishing, oil and mineral exploitation. All these activities increase the risk for oil spills in ice-covered waters. Yet, the technology used to monitor…Read More »

We are hiring: Professor/Associate Professor in Earth Observation

The Department of Physics and Technology (IFT) at UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø has an open permanent position as a professor/associate professor in Earth Observation.Read More »

The 2020 Annual Report is available

CIRFA`s annual report for 2020 is now available. Read about the research and innovation highlights and a summary of the activities.Read More »

Congratulations to Rolf-Ole and Artem for achieving your PhDs!

Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jenssen and Artem Moiseev both completed their PhDs this May – a big stepping stone on what is still to come. CIRFA is proud of you and we are curious to see you grow even more.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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