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.


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 »

Towards a National Center for Earth Observation in Tromsø

UiT, KSAT, and NPI have suggested establishing a national centre for research and innovation for earth observation in Tromsø. The centre will serve as a platform to connect actors based in Tromsø and nationwide. Read More »

Four internship and study projects are completed successfully

This spring term, CIRFA and the Earth Observation group at UiT hosted four international students for their internship or study projects. We are proud that they chose to spend their time with us, and we wish them the best on their promising way ahead.Read More »

Wenkai Guo is preparing for a 1-year research stay abroad

From July on, Wenkai will work with sea ice experts from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and University of Bremen for one year. Read More »

APECS-ARICE webinar: DEARice in MOSAiC – Connecting the world of snow, ice and ecosystem processes on 4 June

Polona Itkin presents about MOSAiC research in the APECS-ARICE webinar: DEARice in MOSAiC – Connecting the world of snow, ice and ecosystem processes on 4 June. Read More »

A warm welcome to PhD candidate Silje Christine Iversen

Silje joined the CIRFA team already in 2020 to do her PhD with us. She is located at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET) in Oslo and her work focuses on ocean circularion forecasts for the Norwegian coastal and shelf seas.Read More »

The PhD defense of Artem Moiseev takes place on 20. May

Artem Moiseev will defend his PhD thesis on “Ocean surface currents derived from Sentinel-1 SAR Doppler shift measurements” on 20. May kl. 15.15. Artem is PhD candidate at NERSC and affiliated with CIRFA.Read More »

CIRFA Seminar 20. May: The Iceberg seminar

Join us for the next CIRFA Seminar on 20. May with a special focus on icebergs.Read More »

ThinTec instrument is hitchhiking on thin ice

What is young and thin ice doing, and where is it moving right when it forms? Malin Johansson send her pink drifter called ThinTec for a hitchhike on the ice to watch it grow, track its movements, and send its measurements in real time to Malin`s computer via its GPS antenna.Read More »

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