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, data assimilation and numerical modelling. 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.

New associate professor: Dr. Andrea Marinoni

Andrea Marinoni We welcome Dr. Andrea Marinoni who has now officially started his new position at CIRFA and  UiT – the Arctic University of Norway. He has been busy from day one preparing for teaching, supervising students and getting to know the ins and outs of CIRFA. We expect his expertise will be relevant across CIRFAs…Read More »

CIRFA part of ExtremeEarth H2020 project

CIRFA is pleased to announce that the Horizon 2020 project “ExtremeEarth” was accepted. The project, coordinated by Prof. Manolis Koubarakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)  will tackle large scale analysis of remote sensing data to support  Polar use cases and Food security use cases. The project has a strong consortium which also involves our CIRFA partner…Read More »


July this year Anthony Doulgeris, Katalin Blix and Xu Xu participated at the IGARSS (International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium) 2018, in Valencia, Spain. Anthony also presented two posters on behalf of Vahid Akbari.   Photo: Anthony giving an oral presentation Photo: Xu presenting his poster Photo: Katalin presenting her posterRead More »

Registration for "Sea Ice Remote Sensing Workshop"

If you can not see this form, please click here https://skjema.uio.no/100819.Read More »

New CIRFA engineer

We are happy to have hired our recently graduated master student Vebjørn Karisari as an engineer for a one year project aiming to produce high quality datasets which will allow better training of models for remote sensing image analysis. In the machine learning world the most tedious and often most difficult task is to acquire…Read More »

Sea Ice Remote Sensing, Workshop

When: 3-4 September 2018 Where: Radisson Blu, Gardermoen. Registration here! Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA) is pleased to invite to a thematic workshop with the focus on “Sea Ice Remote Sensing”. The objective is twofold: Status update on the directions of the research going on in CIRFA with regards to sea ice…Read More »

PhD Position in the area of Scalable Computing and Deployment for Earth Observation Applications

The Department of Physics and Technology announces a vacant PhD position in the area of Scalable Computing and Deployment for Earth Observation Applications at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics and Technology. The position is affiliated to Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations…Read More »

ESA training course 2018

CIRFA staff attending the “ESA cryosphere remote sensing training course” at the Univeristy Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen. The picture shows course participants listening to Camilla Brekkes presentation on “Applications of full-polarimetric SAR to monitoring sea ice, leads and oil spills”.Read More »

CIRFA Annual Conference 2018

CIRFA Annual Conference 2018 17-18 October 2018 in Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, Troms.   More detailed information will be provided. Please keep the date. We look forward to seeing you in October! Photo: Online image. flickr,  August 2017 Contact: Torbjørn Eltoft, Centre Leader CIRFA, tel: +47 776 45 184, torbjorn.eltoft@uit.no Lise Nordgård, Project Coordinator, tel: +47 776 23…Read More »

Successful PhD defense for Jakob Grahn

Congratulations to Dr. Jakob Grahn for successfully defending his dissertation entitled “Multi-frequency radar remote sensing of sea ice”. We expect to continue to collaborate with Jakob as he has now started his new position with our CIRFA partner Norut.Read More »

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