CIRFA looks forward to welcoming you to its second Annual Conference, at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, on 18-19 October, 2017.

List of participants


Wednesday 18 October

10:00 Bus from SIVA Innovasjonssenter [map]

10:15 Bus from Prostneset/city centre [map]

10:30 Bus from Tromsø Airport

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 14:05 Session 1

12:45-13:10 Welcome address
Torbjørn Eltoft, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

13:10-13:45 Keynote #1: Capabilities of the German FSAR system – possible opportunities for CIRFA.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Reigber, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

13:45-14:05 Perspectives of the Barents Sea
Terje Solheim, Aker BP

14:05 – 14:20 Break

14:20 – 16:00 Session 2

14:20-14:40 UAVs in Cold Climate Conditions.
Richard Hann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

14:40-15:00 Sea Ice Classification from SAR – Introduction to a Decision Tree Approach.
Johannes P. Lohse, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
Anthony P. Doulgeris, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
Wolfgang Dierking, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)

15:00-15:20 Improving CFAR for detection of icebergs on dual-pol SAR images.
Ingri Halland Soldal, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
Anton Korosov, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
Armando Marino, The Open University, UK

15:20-15:40 Ice drift and its significance for Arctic marine operations.
Runa A. Skarbø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Sveinung Løset, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

15:40-16:00 GPS validation of remote sensing of fjord ice.
Jean Negrel, Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)

16:00 – 16:20 Break

16:20 – 17:55 Session 3: Innovation and user collaboration

16:20-17:05 Keynote #2: The perspectives of Canadian Sea Ice Service.
Dean Flett, Chief, Applied Science & Development, Canadian Ice Service

17:05-17:25 The confidence of observations and how information generated in CIRFA can be used.
Richard Hall, Statoil

17:25-17:55 Discussion

18:00 – 19:45 Poster session

  • Comparing CFAR and segmentation-based iceberg detectors in open and ice-infested waters using polarimetric RADARSAT-2. Vahid Akbari, Brekke, C., Eltoft, T., Doulgeris, A.P.
  • ML simulation of quad-pol features from dual-pol data. Katalin Blix, Espeseth, M., Eltoft, T.
  • A Noncentral and Non-Gaussian Probability Model for SAR Data. Anca Cristea
  • Circular – Elliptical – Linear – What is the best? Martine M. Espeseth, Brekke, C.
  • Sea-ice data assimilation. Sindre Fritzner, Graversen, R.
  • Radar backscatter characteristics from slicks of frazil ice. Jakob Grahn, Dierking, W., Brekke, C., Eltoft, T.
  • Simulation of UAV Icing. Richard Hann.
  • Snow and Ice measurements with drone-based UWB radar. Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jenssen, Jacobsen, S., Eltoft, T., Storvold, R.
  • Polarimetric study of oil spills, newly formed sea ice and algae blooms – a comparison and characterization study. Malin Johansson, Brekke, C., Spreen, G.
  • Maritime products from  Sentinel – 1 IW data. Susanne Lehner.
  • A Bayesian Decision Tree Approach for Sea Ice Classification from SAR. Johannes P. Lohse, Doulgeris, A.P., Dierking, W.
  • GPS validation of remote sensing of fjord ice. Jean Negrel, Gerland, S., Doulgeris, A.P., Lauknes, T.R., Rouyet, L.
  • A new approach on ocean SAR wind retrieval from WM data. Vegard Nilsen.
  • The interaction of oil and ice in a fjord system. Megan O’Sadnick, Petrich, C., Brekke, C.
  • Deriving the dielectric properties of oil slicks using SAR. Cornelius Quigley, Brekke, C., Eltoft, T.
  • Ice drift estimation using marine radar and ship motion measurements. Runa A. Skarbø, Kjerstad, Ø., Løset, S., Skjetne, R.
  • Oil Spill Detection and Characterization in the RISAT-1 FRS-2 Mode. Stine Skrunes, Brekke, C., Espeseth, M.M.,
  • Iceberg detection with a depolarization ratio anomaly CFAR detector. Ingri Halland Soldal, Marino A., Korosov, A.
  • Assimilation of HF radar currents: From total vectors to radials. Ann Kristin Sperrevik, Christensen, K.H.

20:00 Conference dinner

The seaside bathhouse and outdoor Jacuzzi is open until 23:00.

Thursday 19 October

08:30 – 10:05 Session 4

08:30-09:05 Keynote #3: Experiences and Perspectives of German Radar Missions: from TanDEM-X to Tandem-L.
Prof. Dr. Irena Hajnsek, ETH Zürich, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

09:05-09:25 The 2017 Finnmark surface current experiment.
Harald Johnsen, Northern Research Institute (Norut)
Ann Kristin Sperrevik, Norwegian Meteorological Institute (
Kai Håkon Christensen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute (
Johannes Röhrs, Norwegian Meteorological Institute (
Øyvind Breivik, Norwegian Meteorological Institute (

09:25-09:45 Sea-ice data assimilation.
Sindre Fritzner, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

09:45-10:05 The importance of aerial and in situ observations for developing satellite SAR based oil spill characterization.
Stine Skrunes, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
Camilla Brekke, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
Martine M. Espeseth, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)

10:05 – 10:25 Break

10:25 – 11:25 Session 5

10:25-10:50 Oil-in-ice experiments at HSVA
Christian Petrich, Northern Research Institute Narvik (Norut Narvik)
Camilla Brekke, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)

10:50-11:10 Sea ice and iceberg tracking using drones in Kongsfjorden.
Rune Storvold, Northern Research Institute (Norut)

11:10-11:25 MOSAiC: A one-year sea ice drift experiment in the Arctic Ocean; calibration and validation opportunities for CIRFA.
Sebastian Gerland, Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)

11:25 – 12:20 Lunch

12:20 – 13:45 Session 6: Towards operational services

12:20-12:35 Towards operational SAR ocean products.
Harald Johnsen, Northern Research Institute (Norut)

12:35-12:50 Integration of R&D results into operational services – a success or not?
Torunn Tøllefsen, Kongsberg Satellite Services

12:50-13:05 Oil Spill RS, Met-Ocean RS, Sea Ice RS.
Thomas Kræmer, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)

13:05-13:45 Discussion

13:45 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 14:45 General Assembly

A separate agenda and invitation to the General Assembly has been sent to consortium representatives in CIRFA.

15:00 Bus from Sommarøy

16:15 Arrive Tromsø

Practical information


Wednesday 18 October – Thursday 19 October, 2017.


Sommarøy Arctic Hotel (see map).


The online registration form is now closed.

Registration fee:

There is no registration fee for the participants, and bus transportation, as well as meals, are provided free of cost. The cost of accommodation is not included.


There will be bus transportation to and from Tromsø:

Wednesday 18 October: Bus from Tromsø to Sommarøy

  • 10:00 from CIRFA/SIVA Innovasjonssenter
  • 10:15 from Tromsø centre/Prostneset
  • 10:30 from Tromsø Airport)

Thursday 19 October: Bus from Sommarøy to Tromsø

  • 15:00 from Sommarøy
  • 16:15 arrival at Tromsø Airport

Sommarøy Arctic Hotel is located 60 km west of Tromsø, approx. an hour’s drive from Tromsø. For driving directions, please click here.


Please note that accommodation costs are covered by the participants, and should be paid directly to the hotel upon check-in.

The accommodation provided is a mix of hotel rooms and apartment/cabins. All rooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

The cost of accommodation is:

We have reserved hotel rooms for participants until 28 September, and bookings are done via the conference registration page. Participants registerring after 28 September are not guaranteed accommodation.

There will not be sent a separate confirmation from Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, as our booking is handled as a group reservation.


Last cancellation date: 28 September 2017.  Cancellations after this date will be charged for the cost of accommodation.

If you need to cancel or make any changes to your registration, please send us an email and we will help you,


Prof. Torbjørn Eltoft, CIRFA Centre Leader, mobile +47 950 07 345, torbjorn,

Ellen Ingeborg Hætta, Administrative Coordinator CIRFA, mobile +47 988 01 001,

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Photo: Sommarøy Arctic Hotel


List of participants