Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA)


2015 – 2023


The primary objectives of CIRFA are to meet the challenges of increasing maritime activity in icy waters, support environmental monitoring, and train tomorrow’s specialists on satellite remote sensing and data analyses.

To accomplish this, we combine Norwegian and international expertise in Earth observation and numerical modelling for research-based education and technology development. We focus on detecting, characterizing, mapping, and forecasting of sea ice, icebergs, ocean surface currents, wind, snow and marine pollution.

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CIRFA is one of 17 Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) granted in 2014 by the Research Council of Norway (RCN project number 237906) and together with its research and user partners. CIRFA is hosted by the Department of Physics and Technology at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.