Organisation/Governance structure



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Centre Board

The Centre Board (CB) is CIRFA’s main decision-making body. The CB consists of representatives from the user partners and research partners. The CB is in charge of the overall direction of the centre. In particular, the CB is responsible to:

  • monitor and develop the centre strategy, research training, economy and budget, including approving annual budgets and work plans, and ensure a recruitment policy that takes account of gender balance.
  • ensure maximum dissemination and knowledge development important for future innovation and value creation for the user partners, other segments of the Norwegian business sector, and society.
  • decide if a result is of commercial value and if it shall be protected.
  •  ensure that the intentions and plans underlying the contract for the project are fulfilled, and that the activities discussed in the project description and the funding plan are completed within the approved time frame.
  •  ensure that CIRFA operates according to high ethical standards in all of its activities
  • ensure that none of CIRFA’s activities cause any harm to humans and the physical environment

Members from research partners

Arne O. Smalås

Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, UiT (Chair)

Lars Anders Breivik

Norwegian Meteorological Institute


Members from user partners

Dr. Jan Petter Pedersen

Board member, KSAT
+47 776 00260

Richard Hall


Deputies: Terje Solheim, Aker BP, Frank J. Øynes, Spacetec, Oddvar Ims, Vår Energi, Edmond Hansen, Multiconsult, Trond Sagerup, Aker Solutions.


Andreas Quamme Nielsen

Research Council of Norway

General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) serves as an arena for information exchange (results and ideas) between the research partners and industry partners. All industry partners and research partners have the right to attend the GA. Scientific results presentations and progress reporting are essential parts of the
GA meeting agenda. The GA elects members for the Centre Board. The Centre Leader will arrange regular meetings (minimum yearly).

Scientific Advisory Board

A Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consisting of international experts with outstanding reputations in the relevant fields (RS, forecast modelling, RPAS technology) has been established to ensure excellence in research. The SAB will provide scientific input, review progress reports and provide support for networking and internationalizing of the centre’s activities. The Centre Leader will arrange regular meetings (minimum yearly).

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

Henning Skriver

Henning Skriver (M’09) gained M.Sc. degree and PhD in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, in 1983 and 1989 respectively. Since 1983, he has been with DTU as Associate Professor, the Head of Microwaves and Remote Sensing, and the Deputy Head of Department at the National Space Institute. His work has been primarily concerned with topics related to the utilisation of SAR data for different applications. These include sea ice parameter retrieval from SAR data, as well as different aspects of land applications of SAR data, such as forestry, agricultural, environmental and topographic mapping applications using both satellite SAR data and data from polarimetric SARs, e.g. the Danish airborne polarimetric SAR, EMISAR and the German experimental SAR ESAR. His research interests include methods for the processing of SAR data, SAR image simulation, SAR image filtering, speckle statistics and texture analysis, segmentation, calibration, change detection, classification and polarimetric analysis and processing.

Dr. Charlotte Hasager

Dr. Charlotte Hasager is senior researcher at the Wind Energy Division, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, part of the Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde. She received her M.Sc. and PhD from the University of Copenhagen’s Institute of Geography in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Her area of specialisation is satellite remote sensing, micrometeorology, turbulence and wind energy – in particular offshore and wind at high levels. Dr. Hasager has been employed at Risø since 1993 and was a visiting scholar at the Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1995. She has been involved in the international projects EU-Norsewind, EU-WEMSAR, EU-WATERMED, EU-MEAD and ESA EOMD EO-Windfarm. She is Principle Investigator of the national projects SAT-MAT-CLIMATE, SAR-WAKE, SAT-WIND, 12MW, Satellite Eye for Galathea 3 and VirtualGalathea3. Dr. Hasager was elected President of the Atmospheric Science Division at the European Geosciences Union in 2007-2011, was Co-Chair for Wind Energy Community of Practice (WECP) at Global Earth Observation (GOSS) in 2005 and member of the steering committee of the Danish Space Consortium from 2003 to 2010. She has more than 200 publications in this area.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Irena Hajnsek

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Irena Hajnsek has been Professor of Earth Observation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Institute of Environmental Engineering since November 2009, and at the same time head of the Polarimetric SAR Interferometry Research Group at the German Aerospace Center, Microwaves and Radar Institute. Her main research interests are in electromagnetic propagation and scattering theory, radar polarimetry, SAR and interferometric SAR data-processing techniques, environmental parameter modelling and estimation. She gained her Dipl. degree (Honours) in 1996 from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the Dr. degree (Honours) in 2001 from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. Since 2010 she has been the science coordinator of the German satellite mission TanDEM-X. She was Technical Programme Co-chair of the IEEE IGARSS 2012 Symposium in Munich. She has been a member of the IEEE GRSS AdCom since 2013.

Innovation Advisory Board

The Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) will have representatives from the industrial partners, plus external experts on innovation. The role of the IAB is to help bridge the gap between research and innovation in particular by

  • giving input and ideas on technical developments, and discuss project progress with the Centre Leader and Work Package Leaders,
  • evaluating project results for (preferential) use and development by the user partners,
  • identifying innovations with potential for commercial utilisation and giving recommendations for alternative routes for protection and technology transfer.

The Centre Leader will arrange regular meetings (minimum yearly).
It is up to the Centre Board to decide that a result is of commercial value and shall be protected in the manner and to the degree that is deemed appropriate.

Members of the Innovation Advisory Board

Technical Committees

The involvement as well as the valuable feedback from each of CIRFA’s partners is important to make sure that the activities and results are relevant for the user partners as well as for the scientific community. The Technical Committee (TC) is an arena where technical staff from the user partners meet with scientific personnel from the research partners. Three TCs have been established based on the application domains of CIRFA:

  • Ocean Remote Sensing,
  • Sea Ice, Iceberg and Growler Remote Sensing, and
  • Oil Spill Remote Sensing

The role of the TCs is to provide a link to related activities and user partners’ needs ensuring the relevance of research for the application domains, and to give recommendations for new actions and activities.

Centre management

Prof. Torbjørn Eltoft

Centre leader, UiT
+47 776 45184

Prof. Camilla Brekke

UiT prorektor for research and development, associated with CIRFA

Work package leaders

Prof. Harald Johnsen

WP1 leader, NORCE
+47 951 73 353

Adjunct Prof. Wolfgang Dierking

WP2 leader, AWI/UiT
+49 471 4831 1714

Malin Johansson

Researcher, WP3 leader, WP6 co-leader, UiT

Using satellite images to study Arctic sea ice and oil spills

Dr. Kai Christensen


Hugo Isaksen

WP7 leader, KSAT

Dr. Sebastian Gerland

WP6 leader, NPI
+47 777 50554
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