Kjell Arild Høgda


Kjell Arild Høgda (Ph.D) is research manager at the Earth observation group at Norut. He received his M.Sc. degree in 1988 and his Ph. D. degree in applied physics (remote sensing) from the University of Tromsø in 1994. The title of the thesis was SAR Imaging of Ocean Waves: An Investigation of the Azimuth Smearing and RAR Modulation Transfer Function.


He has worked as a research scientist at Norut IT from 1988 to 2003. From 2003 he is the research manager at the Earth observation group at Norut. He has worked with a broad spectrum of satellite remote sensing applications, including ocean colour measurements, snow and ice monitoring, vegetation classification, pollution impact studies, SAR interferometry, SAR ocean wave imaging, wind estimation with SAR and satellite data analysis for phenology studies. He has participated in several national and international research projects, and from 1996 to 1998 he was program leader for the Strategic Institute Program (SIP) GAIA in satellite remote sensing at NORUT IT.


Høgda has been project leader for the Research Council of Norway funded PhenoClim project, relating satellite phenology measurements with climate change impacts on natural vegetation. He is also project leader for the EnviTools project where the goal is to enhance our understanding of the interaction of microwaves with snow and ice cover.