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: Sea Ice Classification of SAR Imagery Based on Convolution Neural Networks

Congratulations to PhD candidate Salman Khalegian`s paper on Sea Ice Classification of SAR Imagery Based on Convolution Neural Networks. Read More »

The PhD defense of Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jenssen takes place on May 11

Rydeng Jenssen will Tuesday May 11th at 12:15 publically defend his thesis for the PhD degree in Science.Read More »

New paper on Learning Relevant Features of Optical Water Types

This work presents a combination of machine learning approaches to classify and assess feature relevance in remotely sensed hyperspectral and multispectral data.Read More »

Congratulations on achieving your PhDs!

Cornelius Quigley and Johannes Lohse completed their PhDs this spring - a big stepping stone on what is still to come. CIRFA is proud of you and we are curious to see you grow even more.Read More »

CIRFA Seminar 6. Mai: Geoffrey Dawson and Sindre Fritzner

The next CIRFA seminar will be given by Geoffrey Dawson (Bristol Univ.) and Sindre Fritzner (UiT).Read More »

A warm welcome to our new PhD candidate Anna Telegina

Anna joined the CIRFA team early in 2021 to do her PhD with us. During the upcoming three years, her work will focus on Multi-temporal remote sensing of dynamic Arctic phenomena.Read More »

A warm welcome to our new PhD candidate Laust Færch

Laust recently joined the CIRFA team to do his PhD with us. His work will focus on Mapping and Modeling of Iceberg Occurrences in the Barents Sea.Read More »


During the upcoming 2 weeks, CIRFA is represented with 10 contributions and 2 sessions (co-)convened by CIRFA researchers. Read More »

CIRFA seminar 15 April: Arttu Jutila (AWI) and Wenkai Guo (UiT)

The next CIRFA seminar will be given by Arttu Jutila from Alfred Wegener Institute and Wenkai Guo from UIT the Arctic University of Norway. WHEN: 15 April 2021, 14:00-15:00.Read More »

Review article on "Surface currents in operational oceanography: Key applications, mechanisms, and methods"

A new review article, published by the Journal of Operational Oceanography on March 23, 2020 and funded by CIRFA, presents an overview of dynamics, observation methods and modelling of upper ocean surface currents. Read More »

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