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FORCE (Framework for Operational Radiometric Correction for Environmental monitoring) is an all-in-one solution for mass-processing medium-resolution satellite images


FORCE is available in Puhti with the following versions:

  • 3.7.8


FORCE is included in the force module. You can load it with:

module load force

By default the latest force module is loaded. If you want a specific version you can specify the version number

module load force/<VERSION_NUMBER>

Download data from Google Cloud Storage

To download data from Google Cloud Storage using the Level 1 Cloud Storage Downloader provided by FORCE, you need to register an account and authenticate to Google cloud using your own computer using the gsutil-tool and copy the configuration file from your computers Home directory $HOME/.boto to your $HOME directory on Puhti. Following the instructions on FORCE tutorials page, you will first have to update/download the metadata catalog. We suggest to store the metadata catalog in your projects /scratch directory, so that other users in your project can share the catalog:

force-level1-csd -u /path/to/your/scratch/dir

Then you can download data from Google Cloud Storage as described on the FORCE tutorials page.

Running FORCE commands

FORCE is installed as a container, but it has wrappers for all FORCE commands, so it can be used normally.

If working interactively, you can also start a shell inside the container with


We have an example of running L1 to L2 pipeline for Sentinel images in our Github examples


FORCE is licensed under the GNU GPL License.


This software can be cited by citing the appropriate FORCE publication.


Please acknowledge CSC and Geoportti in your publications, it is important for project continuation and funding reports. As an example, you can write "The authors wish to thank CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland (urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072531) and the Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research (Geoportti, urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072513) for computational resources and support".


FORCE was installed to Puhti with Tykky's wrap-container functionality using the Docker image provided by the FORCE author on Dockerhub.

wrap-container -w /home/docker/bin docker://davidfrantz/force:latest --prefix install_dir


Last update: August 2, 2023