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 Jan. 28 - Agnar Sivertsen and Daniel Stødle (NORCE)

This coming Thursday there will be a CIRFA seminar presented by colleagues from NORCE, Agnar Sivertsen and Daniel Stødle. TITLE: Capabilities, processing and visualization of airborne remote sensing data using Nlive WHEN: 28 January 2021, 14:00-15:00. WHERE: Click here to join the Teams meeting  Abstract The talk will present opportunities made possible with the mounting…Read More »

CIRFA will focus on outreach and communication in 2021

We are happy and excited to have received support from the UiT Strategic Fond to make CIRFA more visible through a dedicated communication and outreach initiative in 2021. Our goal is to introduce a wider audience to what integrated remote sensing and forecasting can do for our society, how we work and what the goals…Read More »

CIRFA wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dear CIRFA-partners, colleagues, and collaborators, 2020 soon becomes history. It has been an extraordinary year for all of us. As society, family, colleagues and friends, we have been faced with challenges no one was prepared for, and we have gone a long way to learn and adapt the way we work and interact. This is…Read More »

New paper from the NORSE2019 campaign

Just before Christmas, a new paper is accepted. Knut-Frode Dagestad (MET Norway, left), Oscar Garcia (WaterMapping, LLC, middle), Lars R. Hole (MET Norway, in the back) and Camilla Brekke (UiT, right) collected valuable data during the NORSE2019 campaign and the paper in JGR Oceans and can now be accessed here. The paper is characterizing free…Read More »

CIRFA seminar on Dec. 10 - Christmas special about snow (Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jensen)

This coming Thursday there will be a CIRFA seminar, and as we are getting closer to the holiday season we’ll have a seminar about snow and drones given by our very own Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jensen. Snow parameter estimation with drone-mounted radar system – Theory and practical solutions WHEN: 10 December 2020, 14:00-14:30. WHERE: Click here to join the…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar on Nov. 26 (Ronny Hänsch)

We are pleased to invite you to a talk by Ronny Hänsch, from DLR Germany. Shallow learners are dead – Long live shallow learners! Random Forests in the age of Deep Learning WHEN: 26 November 2020, 15:00-16:00. WHERE: Click here to join the Teams meeting or in the CIRFA corridor.  Welcome! Abstract: The rise of deep…Read More »

New journal paper accepted: "Robustness of SAR Sea Ice Type classification across incidence angles and seasons at L-band"

We are happy to announce that a new paper has been accepted. The paper is summarized below. «Robustness of SAR Sea Ice Type classification across incidence angles and seasons at L-band» by Singha, S., Johansson A.M. and Doulgeris, A.P., IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (Early access)  https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9257591 Sea ice maps are provided daily…Read More »

PostDoc position on sea-ice data assimilation at MET Norway (Oslo)

MET Norway in Oslo has opened a PostDoc position on sea-ice data assimilation. The main objective of the PostDoc position is to investigate the potential benefits of direct assimilation of Level 2 sea-ice information in the ROMS/CICE Barents-2.5km, using an EnKF. The PostDoc is in the SIRANO project, which collaborates with CIRFA’s WP2 and WP5.…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar Nov. 12 (Alexander Komarov)

This is a heads up about the next CIRFA seminar where Alexander Komarov from Environment and Climate Change Canada will talk about: Retrieval of ice information from SAR for data assimilation WHEN: Nov 12, 2020 from 15:00-16:00 WHERE: Join online with Teams or in the CIRFA corridor.  Welcome! Thomas, Andrea and Malin Retrieval of ice information from SAR for data assimilation…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar Oct. 22 (Robert Ricker, AWI)

This is a heads up about the next CIRFA seminar where Robert Ricker from AWI will talk about: Evidence for an increasing role of ocean heat in Arctic winter sea ice growth WHEN: Oct 22, 2020 from 14:00-14:30 (Sorry for the short notice) WHERE: Join online with Teams or in the CIRFA corridor. Details below.  Welcome!  Thomas, Andrea and MalinRead More »

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