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, data assimilation and numerical modelling. 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.

User Reference Group

CIRFA has been operating for approx. 2 ½ years, and is now starting to get results suitable for testing in more operational settings. Feedback on our research topics and results from a wider group of users and stakeholders is therefore of value. Representatives from various relevant user organizations has been invited to contribute and give…Read More »

Registration CIRFA Annual conference 2018

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CIRFA Annual Conference 2018

CIRFA Annual Conference 2018 17-18 October 2018 in Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, Troms. Registration here! Suggested Schedule is: 17 October: 10:00-10:30      Bus from Tromsø to Sommarøya 12:00-13:00      Lunch 13:00-13:15     Welcome! Torbjørn Eltoft, Centre Leader 13:15-14:30     Session 1: Met-Ocean 14:30-14:45     Break 14:45-16:15     Session 2: Sea Ice and Icebergs 16:15-16:30     Break 16:30-17:45     Session 3: Oil spill remote sensing  18:00-19:30   …Read More »

CIRFA seminar Thursday 13. September, 14:00-15:00

CIRFA welcomes you to a seminar where Senior Research Scientist Harald Johnsen from NORUT will talk about: “Ocean Current from Spaceborn Radars – challenges and opportunities” Topics to cover: Ocean current & Science Gaps & Users wishes Ocean surface current from space – possibilities and limitations Next generation ocean current missions (SKIM, Stereoid, SeaSTAR), principles and…Read More »

New Publication!

The article “Numerical Analysis of Microwave Scattering from Layered Sea Ice Based on the Finite Element Method”, by Xu Xu, Camilla Brekke, Anthony P. Doulgeris and Frank Melandsø has recently been published in Remote Sensing. Abstract: A two-dimensional scattering model based on the Finite Element Method (FEM) is built for simulating the microwave scattering of…Read More »

CIRFA seminar 30. August, 14:00 -- 15:00

CIRFA welcomes you to a seminar presented by CIRFA PhD student Katalin Blix on the topic: Machine Learning Gaussian Process Regression for Remote Sensing Applications The powerful Gaussian Process Regression (GPR) method has been shown to perform excellently in comparison to other machine learning techniques and parametric approaches. GPR has several advantageous properties besides its…Read More »

New associate professor: Dr. Andrea Marinoni

Andrea Marinoni We welcome Dr. Andrea Marinoni who has now officially started his new position at CIRFA and  UiT – the Arctic University of Norway. He has been busy from day one preparing for teaching, supervising students and getting to know the ins and outs of CIRFA. We expect his expertise will be relevant across CIRFAs…Read More »

CIRFA part of ExtremeEarth H2020 project

CIRFA is pleased to announce that the Horizon 2020 project “ExtremeEarth” was accepted. The project, coordinated by Prof. Manolis Koubarakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)  will tackle large scale analysis of remote sensing data to support  Polar use cases and Food security use cases. The project has a strong consortium which also involves our CIRFA partner…Read More »


July this year Anthony Doulgeris, Katalin Blix and Xu Xu participated at the IGARSS (International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium) 2018, in Valencia, Spain. Anthony also presented two posters on behalf of Vahid Akbari.   Photo: Anthony giving an oral presentation Photo: Xu presenting his poster Photo: Katalin presenting her posterRead More »

Registration for "Sea Ice Remote Sensing Workshop"

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