Who we are

CIRFA’s academic experts in remote sensing and numerical modelling work together with industrial actors from Norway and abroad. CIRFA is one of 17 Centres for research-based Innovation (SFI) granted in 2014 by the Research Council of Norway and together with its research and user partners:

Partner Map CIRFA
The CIRFA partners in Norway.

Our team

Our team consists of talented PhD candidates, postdocs, research scientists and professors, but also excellent advisors from our partners and boards, as well as students and interns. With team members coming from more than 20 different home countries, CIRFA has a highly international profile.

Please see the list of people for more detailed contact information.

Work packages

Our work is organized into seven work packages (WPs), where WPs 1-3 focus on developing methods for extracting useful information on met-ocean parameters, sea ice and icebergs, and environmental pollution from satellite data.

WPs 4-7 work across these thematic areas to support development, validate algorithms and demonstrate CIRFA technologies.


CIRFA`s main decision making body is the Consortium Board with representatives from industry and academic partners. The composition of the board rotates regularily to share the overall guidance of the center equally between all partners.

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of international experts with outstanding reputations in their research fields. Their valuable scientific advice supports networking and internationalisation activities of the center.

The Center Management Group consists of the Center leader Torbjørn Eltoft, project coordinator Andrea Schneider, and all work package leaders.


CIRFA (Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations) is hosted by the Department of Physics and Technology and the Faculty of Science and Technology at UiT the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø.

The CIRFA key personnel is located at SIVA Innovasjonssenter (Forskningsparken) near the UiT campus, while more researchers are spread among our partner institutions in Norway. Please see the list of people for each researcher’s contact information.

Visiting address:

Siva Innovasjonssenter Tromsø (Forskningsparken 3), 3rd floor
Sykehusvegen 21,
9019 Tromsø

Postal address:

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
P.O. Box 6050 Langnes
NO-9037 Tromsø


Torbjørn Eltoft (Centre leader)
Telephone: +47 776 45 184
E-mail: torbjorn.eltoft@uit.no

Andrea Schneider (Project coordinator)
E-mail andrea.schneider@uit.no