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Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA)


The maritime industry, i.e. companies in the oil & gas sector, shipping industry, and fisheries, faces new challenges in the High North related harsh weather and sea ice, darkness, and remoteness. Hence, safe and environmentally sound future maritime operations in Arctic areas put new demands on monitoring and forecasting technologies with respect to accuracy, spatial and temporal resolution, reliability, robustness, and automation. Remote sensing (RS) from satellites, airborne platforms and numerical forecast models are and will be the key tools to achieve this. The Centre shall develop new technology and systems for maritime surveillance and forecasting in the Arctic by combining multi-platform remote sensing, surface based measurements and numerical short-term forecast modelling. The research and innovation work has been organized into seven work packages: "Ocean RS", "Sea ice, iceberg and growler RS", "Oil spill RS", "RPAS technology", "Drift modelling and prediction", "Data collection and field work", and "Pilot service demonstration". CIRFA will be organized as a Centre of Research-based Innovation (SFI), with a Centre Board and a Centre Management Team lead by a Centre leader. The SFI will have a Scientific Advisory Board and an Innovation Advisory Board. The SFI will have extensive education activities on all levels, from PhD and master degrees, to brief courses, seminars and workshops. CIRFA will have strong focus on education, and expect to produce around 18 PhDs within its period of operation. An extensive dissemination program shall ensure communication of scientific results, activities, events and achievements to the partners, the scientific community, collaborators and external stakeholders, as well as to the general public. CIRFA has established contacts and collaboration with a large network of acclaimed national and international research partners and industry.

Project leader: Torbjørn Eltoft

Started: 2015

Ends: 2023

Category: Universiteter

Sector: UoH-sektor

Budget: 96000000

Institution: Institutt for fysikk og teknologi

Address: Tromsø