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.


Thematic workshop with focus on modelling, 18-19 September 2019

Where: Sciencepark, Oslo When: 18-19 September 2019 Registration: open Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA) is pleased to invite to a thematic workshop Sep 18-19 with focus on modelling. The objective is twofold: • Status update on the directions of the research going on in CIRFA with regards to sea…Read More »

25 September - Katalin Blix is participating in Researcher Grand Prix.

Ten talented doctoral candidates have been selected from UiT to participate and present their research in a popular scientific and entertaining way. PhD student Katalin Blix is one of the participants. If you want to attend the show and listen to the different presentations you can sign up by clicking here! You can find some…Read More »

Registration for the CIRFA Annual Conference 2019

The registration for the CIRFA Annual Conference 2019 is now open. We look forward to welcoming all participants to Sommarøy in October! </p>Read More »

CIRFA Annual Conference 2019

When: 15-16 October 2019 Where: Sommarøy Arctic Hotel AS Registration: Registration here! PROGRAM Tuesday 15 October Practical information Time: Tuesday 15 October – Wednesday 16 October, 2019 Venue: Sommarøy Arctic Hotel Registration fee: There is no registration fee for the participants, and bus transportation, as well as meals, are provided free of cost. The cost…Read More »

New Publication!

A new publication by PhD student Katalin Blix has been accepted for publication in Remote Sensing, Special Issue:“Remote Sensing of Atmosphere and Underlying Surface Using OLCI and SLSTR on Board Sentinel-3: Calibration, Algorithms, Geophysical Products and Validation” The title of the publication is “Developing a New Machine Learning Algorithm for Estimating Chlorophyll-a Concentration in Optically…Read More »

Upcoming PhD defense - Katalin Blix

Master of Science, Katalin Blix will defend her thesis for the PhD degree 13. September. Trial Lecture: “Ocean color: from space instrument observations to validated bio-optical products.” When: Friday 13. September, 10:15 Where: Auditorium 1.022 Technology building Dissertation: “Machine Learning Water Quality Monitoring“ When: Friday 13. September, 12:15 Where: Auditorium 1.022 Technology buildingRead More »

Exploring the Hazards of Drone Icing

by PhD Student Richard Hann Icing of drones is a severe hazard that significantly limits the usage of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. Researchers conducted experiments in an icing wind tunnel to learn more about icing to test an icing protection system. WATCH VIDEO LINK This spring, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology…Read More »

Poster award at the IGS conference!

PhD student Johannes Lohse won the best poster award at the IGS 2019 conference! Congratulations!!!!Read More »

New publication in Remote Sensing.

A new publication by PhD student Johannes Lohse as been published in Remote Sensing. The title of the publication is: “An Optimal Decision-Tree Design Strategy and Its Application to Sea Ice Classification from SAR Imagery” Abstract: We introduce the fully automatic design of a numerically optimized decision-tree algorithm and demonstrate its application to sea ice…Read More »

The conference season is still ongoing for CIRFA members

The conference season is still ongoing for CIRFA members Next week there is the IGS Sea ice symposium in Winnipeg, Canada (https://igswpg.com) Oral presentations: Monday 14:50- 15:10 Sea ice and open water classification using historical multi-sensor synthetic aperture radar satellite datasets, applied to two Svalbard fjords:Malin Johansson, Sebastian Gerland, Anca Cristea, Eirik Malnes, Anthony P.…Read More »

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