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.

CIRFA Seminar on 23 September

Welcome to this autumn`s first CIRFA seminar. The seminar will be given by Robbie Mallett on "Snow on Arctic sea ice - much still to learn from Soviet Drifting stations". Welcome!Read More »

Mapping sea ice from space

Have you wondered how sea ice maps can be provided for vast and remote areas? Read on when you are curious to learn about mapping sea ice from space!Read More »

Special Course on Ocean Color Remote Sensing

Katalin Blix, Muhammad Asim, Atsushi Matsuoka and Torbjørn Eltoft are giving a special course on Ocean Color Remote Sensing. Read More »

Detecting mineral oil slicks in ice covered seas from space

The thinning and retreating of the Arctic sea ice has led to increased human presence in Arctic seas. Marine traffic is likely to increase in the future, as are activities such as fishing, oil and mineral exploitation. All these activities increase the risk for oil spills in ice-covered waters. Yet, the technology used to monitor…Read More »

We are hiring: Professor/Associate Professor in Earth Observation

The Department of Physics and Technology (IFT) at UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø has an open permanent position as a professor/associate professor in Earth Observation.Read More »

The 2020 Annual Report is available

CIRFA`s annual report for 2020 is now available. Read about the research and innovation highlights and a summary of the activities.Read More »

Congratulations to Rolf-Ole and Artem for achieving your PhDs!

Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jenssen and Artem Moiseev both completed their PhDs this May – a big stepping stone on what is still to come. CIRFA is proud of you and we are curious to see you grow even more.Read More »

New paper on marine environmental monitoring: Improving Chlorophyll-A Estimation From Sentinel-2 Using Machine Learning

Muhammad Asims new paper addresses new methodologies for remote sensing of marine Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) with emphasis on the Barents Sea.Read More »

Camilla Brekke is the new pro-rector for research at UiT

Camilla Brekke from CIRFA and the Department of Physics and Technology is the new pro-rector for research at UiT. She will start in August, together with the new rector Dag Rune Olsen and pro-rector for education, Kathrine Tveiterås. Camilla is looking forward to new tasks and challenges to support innovative research at UiT. CIRFA is congratulating! Read More »

Podcast: A village on ice

Welcome to ‘Behind the Scenes’, the podcast series of the EU Research and Innovation Exhibition, part of the EU Research and Innovation Days 2021. The episode "A village on ice" is connected to the MOSAiC expedition and open questions in Earth climate sciences, but it also talks about Polona Itkins background and what inspired her to become a researcher.Read More »

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