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.

A warm welcome to our new PhD candidate Laust Færch

Laust recently joined the CIRFA team to do his PhD with us. His work will focus on Mapping and Modeling of Iceberg Occurrences in the Barents Sea.Read More »


During the upcoming 2 weeks, CIRFA is represented with 10 contributions and 2 sessions (co-)convened by CIRFA researchers. Read More »

CIRFA seminar 15 April: Arttu Jutila (AWI) and Wenkai Guo (UIT)

The next CIRFA seminar will be given by Arttu Jutila from Alfred Wegener Institute and Wenkai Guo from UIT the Arctic University of Norway. WHEN: 15 April 2021, 14:00-15:00.WHERE: Click here to join the meeting on Teams We look forward to seeing you! Thomas, Andrea and Malin On the consistency of airborne sea ice thickness, freeboard,…Read More »

Review article on "Surface currents in operational oceanography: Key applications, mechanisms, and methods"

A new review article, published by the Journal of Operational Oceanography on March 23, 2020 and funded by CIRFA, presents an overview of dynamics, observation methods and modelling of upper ocean surface currents. The article is an attempt to unify knowledge in between various scientific communities, i.e. remote sensing, modellers, in-situ observationalists and theoreticians. In…Read More »

CIRFA seminar 25 March: Atsushi Matsuoka

The next CIRFA seminar will be presented by our colleague Atsushi Matsuoka from the University of New Hampshire. TITLE: Ocean color remote sensing in the Arctic OceanWHEN: 25 March 2021, 14:00-15:00.WHERE: Click here to join the meeting Abstract Climate change is affecting a broad spectrum of marine, terrestrial, atmospheric, and cryospheric environments in high northern…Read More »

CIRFA seminar 18 March: John Yackel

The next CIRFA seminar will be presented by our colleague John Yackel from University of Calgary. TITLE: The salient role of saline snow on seasonal sea iceWHEN: 18 March 2021, 14:00-15:00.WHERE: Click here to join the meeting Abstract Observations of saline snow in the basal snow layer on Arctic sea ice were first reported in…Read More »

The PhD defense of Johannes Lohse takes place on March 11-12

Johannes Lohse will publically defend his thesis for the PhD degree in Science on «On Automated Classification of Sea Ice Types in SAR Imagery» on Friday March 12 at 14:15. The trial lecture on «Atmospheric and oceanic drivers of Arctic sea ice decline since the turn of the century» is held Thursday March 11 at…Read More »

CIRFA is hiring!

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic PhD fellow with interest in Drift Modelling and Remote Sensing for Coastal Environmental Monitoring! Applications until March 24 will be prioritized.Read More »

The PhD defense of Cornelius Quigley takes place on March 2-3

Cornelius Quigley will on Wednesday March 3rd at 12:15 PM publically defend his thesis for the PhD degree in Science. The title of his thesis is «Determination of the Dielectric Properties of Marine Surface Slicks Using Synthetic Aperture Radar». The trial lecture on «Remote Sensing of Marine Surface Films» is held Tuesday March 2nd at…Read More »

Fieldwork training in Ramfjorden

When sea ice forms locally near Tromsø, this creates a perfect opportunity to train, prepare and also test equipment before going into more remote locations. In early February 2021, cold and low snowfall conditions led to 40 cm thick sea ice forming in Ramfjorden. A group of 11 UiT and NPI researchers and students, from…Read More »

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