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 newsletter spring 2020

We have summarised the past six months in CIRFA in the spring 2020 newsletter. We wish you a good summer and look forward to meeting you all again soon.Read More »

Announcement of PhD position on iceberg remote sensing and modelling

We have a announced a new PhD position on remote sensing of icebergs, focusing mainly on the Barents Sea.   Click here to see the full announcement!   Application deadline: 26. July, 2020 Further information about the position is available by contacting: Associate professor Anthony Paul Doulgeris, UiT: anthony.p.doulgeris@uit.no Associate Professor Andrea Marinoni, UiT:  andrea.marinoni@uit.no Professor Wolfgang…Read More »

The CIRFA 2019 annual report is available

CIRFA`s annual report for 2019 is now available. Read about the research and innovation highlights and a summary of the activities here.Read More »

New publication: Mapping sea-ice types from Sentinel-1 considering the surface-type dependent effect of incidence angle

An article by Johannes Lohse, Anthony P. Doulgeris and Wolfgang Dierking has been accepted for publication in Annals of Glaciology. The title of the publication is “Mapping sea-ice types from Sentinel-1 considering the surface-type dependent effect of incidence angle”. In this study, we demonstrate a novel approach on how to incorporate per-class incidence angle effects…Read More »

Successful PhD defense on 1 July - Richard Hann

CIRFA-associated PhD candidate Richard Hann has submitted his thesis entitled “Atmospheric Ice Accretions, Aerodynamic Icing Penalties, and Ice Protection Systems on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics of NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. The thesis defense took place on 1 July 2020, kl. 15:00-22:00 in Teams. The trial lecture focused on the topic:…Read More »

Announcement of PhD position in sea ice remote sensing (Oslo/Tromsø)

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Oslo is announcing a vacant position for a 3-year PhD fellow in the field of remote sensing of sea ice. The position is available for commencement from 1 September 2020.   The PhD position is part of an effort to upgrade the present state of satellite monitoring of sea ice in the…Read More »

Successful PhD defense by Sindre Fritzner

Friday May 15, Master of Science Sindre Markus Fritzner successfully defended his PhD dissertation «On sea-ice forecasting». Sindre has been working on using data assimilation for improving the quality and resolution of sea ice forecasts. Congratulations, Sindre, from everyone in CIRFA!Read More »

Upcoming PhD defense - Sindre Fritzner

Master of Science Sindre M. Fritzner will defend his thesis «On sea-ice forecasting» for the PhD degree in Science on Friday May 15 at 12.15. The event will be live streamed online. The thesis and information about the even can be found here on the UIT website.  Read More »

CIRFA seminar May 7 by Thomas Lavergne (Met)

Welcome to a CIRFA seminar on Microwave radiometry for sea-ice monitoring, and the SIRANO project, organized by the Earth observation group at UiT and CIRFA. WHEN: May 7, 2020 from 13:00 to 14:00WHERE: Online Microsoft Teams meeting [link]PRESENTATION: See the presentation on Google Slides Welcome! Microwave radiometry for sea-ice monitoring, and the SIRANO project. Satellite missions with microwave radiometers (aka passive microwave…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar April 17 by Polona Itkin (UiT)

Welcome to a CIRFA seminar on MOSAiC winter experience – field work impressions and early results organized by the Earth observation group at UiT and CIRFA. WHEN: April 17, 2020 from 14:00 to 15:00WHERE: Online: https://connect.uninett.no/cirfa-seminar Welcome! MOSAiC winter experience – field work impressions and early results MOSAiC is an international research expedition that stared end of September 2019 from Tromso…Read More »

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