FORCE documentation

FORCE: Framework for Operational Radiometric Correction for Environmental monitoring

Version 3.5.2

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The latest version of this documentation refers to the develop software branch, which includes bleeding-edge features that are not part of master yet. The stable version of this documentation only describes features that are present in master. New additions to this documentation will only be included in the latest version. The stable version will be synced with latest whenever a new master version of FORCE is released.


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FORCE is …

… an all-in-one processing engine for medium-resolution Earth Observation image archives. FORCE uses the data cube concept to mass-generate Analysis Ready Data, and enables large area + time series applications. With FORCE, you can perform all essential tasks in a typical Earth Observation Analysis workflow, i.e. going from data to information.

FORCE natively supports the integrated processing and analysis of

  • Landsat 4/5 TM,
  • Landsat 7 ETM+,
  • Landsat 8 OLI and
  • Sentinel-2 A/B MSI.

Non-native data sources can also be processed, e.g. Sentinel-1 SAR data or environmental variables.

This user guide summarizes the technical aspects required to run FORCE.

It will not give elaborated descriptions of methodology. For the methodological description, please refer to the scientific Publications.