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 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 »

The CIRFA Annual Conference is running!

The CIRFA Annual Conference is running successfully via Zoom with nearly 50 participants each day. We enjoy presentations and discussions of excellent quality and share happy smiles with participants from near and far.Read More »

New journal paper accepted: "Machine Learning for Arctic Sea Ice Physical Properties Estimation Using Dual-Polarimetric SAR Data"

We are happy to announce that a new paper has been accepted. The paper is summarized below. “Machine Learning for Arctic Sea Ice Physical Properties Estimation Using Dual-Polarimetric SAR Data” by Katalin Blix, Martine M. Espeseth and Torbjørn Eltoft, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 22.09.2020 Early access: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9203812 Monitoring the rapidly changing Arctic sea…Read More »

CIRFA participates in the AI4Arctic workshop during ESA Phi-week

Today, CIRFA presented in two sessions of the side event “Machine Learning for Operational Sea Ice Charting” during ESA Phi-week: “SAR data analysis by DL for automatic sea ice classification”, presented by Habib Ullah “Towards automated ice charts using Copernicus data”, presented by Thomas Kræmer The workshop was a joint ESA Phi-week side-event between the…Read More »

CIRFA is at the IGARSS conference

CIRFA researchers are presenting their work at the 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. The conference runs from September 26 – October 2 on a virtual platform. CIRFA is represented with eight contributions.Read More »

CIRFA Seminar October 1 (Geir Moholdt, NPI)

The next CIRFA seminar will be given by Geir Moholdt from the Norwegian Polar Institute, who will be talking about Ocean erosion of Svalbard glaciers seen from space. WHEN: Oct 1, 2020 from 14:00-15:00 WHERE: Online in Teams or in the CIRFA corridor. Details will be provided later. Welcome!Thomas, Andrea and MalinRead More »

Welcome to the CIRFA Annual Conference 2020

This CIRFA Annual Conference 2020 is running digitally during Oct. 12-14 (kl. 12:15-15:45). Moving the entire meeting online is a challenge, a new experience, and it is also a chance to use a new format. The final program of the confrence can be found here. The goal of this year’s conference is to give a…Read More »

Successful internship on feature selection using deep spectral clustering for remote sensing applications

Catherine Taelman is a student from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and has spent the first half year of 2020 at CIRFA for her internship. Under the supervision of Andrea Marinoni she has been working on feature selection using deep spectral clustering for remote sensing applications. Catherine summarised her internship project in a talk…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar on 27 August

Welcome to the first CIRFA Seminar after the summer break on August 27, kl. 14:00-15:00! Naomi Ochwat will talk about the Break-Up of Hunt Fjord Ice Shelf, Northern Greenland, and Jack Landy will share insights on Exploiting a growing fleet of satellite altimeters to gain new perspectives on the Arctic’s ocean and ice cover. Welcome…Read More »

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