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 on "Deep Semisupervised Teacher–Student Model Based on Label Propagation for Sea Ice Classification"

PhD candidate Salman Khaleghian has a new paper published on how deep learning methods help with sea ice classification based on Sentinel-1 synthetic aperture radar data. Read More »

CIRFA Seminar Thursday 25. November

We are pleased to invite you to this weeks` CIRFA seminar given by post doc Debanshu Ratha. Title: The Geodesic Distance-Based Approach to PolSAR Data Analysis and its Potential for Sea-Ice Applications. When: 25 November 2021, 14:00-15:00. Where: Teams Click here to join the meeting Abstract: To monitor activities and phenomenon in the Arctic region,…Read More »

His fascination for the Arctic took visiting PhD student Jozef Rusin from Scotland to Arctic Norway

Jozef Rusin`s fascination for the Arctic has taken him from a small village in Scotland all the way to Arctic Norway. As a visiting PhD student, he is learning from CIRFA and incorporates the new knowledge to his PhD project with SIRANO.Read More »

CIRFA was at the Space Day 2021

In late October, CIRFA participated at the Space Day 2021 at Vitensenter in Tromsø. The event arranged by Vitensenter and Andøya Space was designed to introduce high school students and students to career opportunities in space-related research and buisnesses in northern Norway. Read More »

Master student presentation at the Nordic Branch Meeting of the International Glaciological Society

We’re happy to announce that on Saturday 6 November between 09:15-09:30 our master’s student Truls Thorsen Karlsen will present his Master’s thesis work at “The Nordic Branch Meeting of the International Glaciological Society 2021” 4-6 November 2021.Read More »

CIRFA Seminar Thursday 28. October

How do we know the paths of large floating objects including ice bergs, oil spill simulations, and how do we pinpointf search areas during Search-and-Rescue missions? This requires modeling of surface ocean currents in real time and into the future with high spatial and temporal resolution. Learn more about how remote sensing and modeling can help with such tasks in the next CIRFA seminar. Read More »

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 »

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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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