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.


The PhD defense of Cornelius Quigley takes place on March 2-3

Cornelius Quigley will on Wednesday March 3rd at 12:15 PM publically defend his thesis for the PhD degree in Science. The title of his thesis is «Determination of the Dielectric Properties of Marine Surface Slicks Using Synthetic Aperture Radar». The trial lecture on «Remote Sensing of Marine Surface Films» is held Tuesday March 2nd at…Read More »

Fieldwork training in Ramfjorden

When sea ice forms locally near Tromsø, this creates a perfect opportunity to train, prepare and also test equipment before going into more remote locations. In early February 2021, cold and low snowfall conditions led to 40 cm thick sea ice forming in Ramfjorden. A group of 11 UiT and NPI researchers and students, from…Read More »

New paper on Incident Angle Dependence of Sentinel-1 Texture Features for Sea Ice Classification

A new paper on incident angle (IA) variation of texture features for sea ice classification has been accepted in the Remote Sensing special issue on Remote Sensing of Sea Ice and Icebergs: “Incident Angle Dependence of Sentinel-1 Texture Features for Sea Ice Classification” by J. Lohse, A. P. Doulgeris and W. Dierking. Remote Sensing 2021.…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar 18 February: Hiroshi Sumata (NPI)

The next CIRFA seminar will be presented by our colleague Hiroshi Sumata from the Norwegian Polar Institute. TITLE: Unprecedented decline of sea ice thickness and ice export through Fram Strait in 2018 WHEN: 18 February 2021, 14:00-15:00. WHERE: Click here to join the meeting Abstract Fram Strait is the major gateway connecting the Arctic Ocean…Read More »

Time for Arctic Frontiers!

This week the Arctic Frontiers conference is online from Tromsø. CIRFA has contributed to two talks this week, and we encourage everyone who has the possibility to come and listen. The trouble maker – time series of sea ice deformation during MOSAiC presented by Luisa von Albedyll from Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany and where…Read More »

Beyond coronavirus - what’s in store for science in the year ahead?

The past year was dominated by a virus whose name we all kow very well. It made us to stay home, caused delays and cancellations, and moved much of our activity into the digital universe. Some of our community have met it up close and personal. How does it affect the science? Dr Polona Itkin,…Read More »

CIRFA seminar Jan. 28 - Agnar Sivertsen and Daniel Stødle (NORCE)

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CIRFA will focus on outreach and communication in 2021

We are happy and excited to have received support from the UiT Strategic Fond to make CIRFA more visible through a dedicated communication and outreach initiative in 2021. Our goal is to introduce a wider audience to what integrated remote sensing and forecasting can do for our society, how we work and what the goals…Read More »

CIRFA wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dear CIRFA-partners, colleagues, and collaborators, 2020 soon becomes history. It has been an extraordinary year for all of us. As society, family, colleagues and friends, we have been faced with challenges no one was prepared for, and we have gone a long way to learn and adapt the way we work and interact. This is…Read More »

New paper from the NORSE2019 campaign

Just before Christmas, a new paper is accepted. Knut-Frode Dagestad (MET Norway, left), Oscar Garcia (WaterMapping, LLC, middle), Lars R. Hole (MET Norway, in the back) and Camilla Brekke (UiT, right) collected valuable data during the NORSE2019 campaign and the paper in JGR Oceans and can now be accessed here. The paper is characterizing free…Read More »

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