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,  numerical modelling and data assimilation. 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.


Announcement of PhD position in sea ice remote sensing (Oslo/Tromsø)

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Oslo is announcing a vacant position for a 3-year PhD fellow in the field of remote sensing of sea ice. The position is available for commencement from 1 September 2020.   The PhD position is part of an effort to upgrade the present state of satellite monitoring of sea ice in the…Read More »

Successful PhD defense by Sindre Fritzner

Friday May 15, Master of Science Sindre Markus Fritzner successfully defended his PhD dissertation «On sea-ice forecasting». Sindre has been working on using data assimilation for improving the quality and resolution of sea ice forecasts. Congratulations, Sindre, from everyone in CIRFA!Read More »

Upcoming PhD defense - Sindre Fritzner

Master of Science Sindre M. Fritzner will defend his thesis «On sea-ice forecasting» for the PhD degree in Science on Friday May 15 at 12.15. The event will be live streamed online. The thesis and information about the even can be found here on the UIT website.  Read More »

CIRFA seminar May 7 by Thomas Lavergne (Met)

Welcome to a CIRFA seminar on Microwave radiometry for sea-ice monitoring, and the SIRANO project, organized by the Earth observation group at UiT and CIRFA. WHEN: May 7, 2020 from 13:00 to 14:00WHERE: Online Microsoft Teams meeting [link]PRESENTATION: See the presentation on Google Slides Welcome! Microwave radiometry for sea-ice monitoring, and the SIRANO project. Satellite missions with microwave radiometers (aka passive microwave…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar April 17 by Polona Itkin (UiT)

Welcome to a CIRFA seminar on MOSAiC winter experience – field work impressions and early results organized by the Earth observation group at UiT and CIRFA. WHEN: April 17, 2020 from 14:00 to 15:00WHERE: Online: https://connect.uninett.no/cirfa-seminar Welcome! MOSAiC winter experience – field work impressions and early results MOSAiC is an international research expedition that stared end of September 2019 from Tromso…Read More »

CIRFA Seminar Mar. 12 by Hiroshi Sumata (NPI) - Postponed

Welcome to a CIRFA seminar on sea ice transport in the Fram Strait organized by the Earth observation group at UiT and CIRFA. WHEN: Mar. 12, 2020 from 14:00 to 15:00WHERE: CIRFA, SIVA Innovation Centre (Forskningsparken) Follow the seminar online: https://connect.uninett.no/cirfa-seminar Welcome! Simultaneous Parameter Optimization of an Arctic Sea Ice-Ocean Model We developed an objective parameter optimization system…Read More »

CIRFA Young Scientist Forum 2020

Last week the CIRFA Young Scientist Forum 2020 was held on February 27th and 28th in Tromsø under the theme “Communication – Cooperation – Career & Care.” This annual event offers seminars and workshops about relevant topics for our Ph.D. students, postdocs, and young scientists, which also represents a good platform to meet up, exchange about current…Read More »

2-3 Postdoctoral Research Fellows

The Department of Physics and Technology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway announces 2-3 vacant positions as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in machine/deep learning, multi-sensor processing, and scalable computing in remote sensing for large-scale Arctic applications. The appointments are for a period of three years, with the possibility of up to one year’s extension if…Read More »

New publication in Marine Policy.

The article “The Law of the Sea and Current Practices of Marine Scientific Research in the Arctic” by Hilde Woker, Bernhard Schartmüller, Knut Ola Dølven, Katalin Blix has been accepted for publication on Marine Policy (Elsevier). Abstract: The rapid changes in both climate and human activity occurring in the Arctic Ocean demands improved knowledge about…Read More »

CIRFA at Arctic Frontiers 2020 in Tromsø

Next week Arctic Frontiers 2020 takes place in Tromsø. CIRFA is well represented starting already on Wednesday under Theme 3: Disruptive technologies. If you are attending please come and listen to our talks!Read More »

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