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Sentinel-2 L1C (SAFE)

Provides Sentinel-2 L1C MSI Full Scenes data in SAFE format.


Sentinel-2 L1C (SAFE) provides Full Scenes data (L1C pre-processing or TOA). Sentinel 2 is a multi-spectral imaging mission, capturing visual, infrared and SWIR information. All Sentinel-2 L1C data are available since November 2016. The output format is identical to the unzipped SAFE folder that can be acquired from ESA’s Scihub or other DIAS systems.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 is an optical mission at high spatial resolution (10 m to 60 m) over land and coastal waters. The mission is based on two satellites featuring the Multi-Spectral Instrument (MSI) with 13 spectral bands and a swath width of 290 km. AOI selection of this block will yield a full scene that contains the extent of your AOI and if paired with a processing algorithm, the entire scene will be processed as the AOI selector is not a clip function.

Technical information

The products are radiometrically and geometrically corrected (including orthorectification). Important application areas for Sentinel-2 imagery are land cover monitoring (agriculture, forestry), coastal area monitoring, inland water monitoring, glacier monitoring and flood mapping

Note: This is an Analytic imagery product that returns multispectral bands with 16 bits. Please check the corresponding block descriptions if they explicitly state that they can handle this type of data.

Archive date / refresh frequencyRolling archive is 9 months / Archives available from mission start (2015) on request
/ Archive warmup functionality will be released in H1 '21
Frequency bands13 spectral bands (see “Band details” below for more information)
ResolutionSee resolution information in “Band details” below. Swath: 290km
Processing levelL1C
Data formatSAFE archive containing JPEG2000 imagery

Band details

Band CategorySpatial ResolutionRevisit
Visible (4)10 m5 days
Near-Infrared (6)20 m5 days
Short-wave IR (3)60 m5 days
B0160 mCoastal aerosol, 442.7 nm (S2A), 442.2 nm (S2B)
B0210 mBlue, 492.4 nm (S2A), 492.1 nm (S2B)
B0310 mGreen, 559.8 nm (S2A), 559.0 nm (S2B)
B0410 mRed, 664.6 nm (S2A), 664.9 nm (S2B)
B0520 mVegetation red edge, 704.1 nm (S2A), 703.8 nm (S2B)
B0620 mVegetation red edge, 740.5 nm (S2A), 739.1 nm (S2B)
B0720 mVegetation red edge, 782.8 nm (S2A), 779.7 nm (S2B)
B0810 mNIR, 832.8 nm (S2A), 832.9 nm (S2B)
B8A20 mNarrow NIR, 864.7 nm (S2A), 864.0 nm (S2B)
B0960 mWater vapour, 945.1 nm (S2A), 943.2 nm (S2B)
B1060 mSWIR – Cirrus, 1373.5 nm (S2A), 1376.9 nm (S2B)
B1120 mSWIR, 1613.7 nm (S2A), 442.2 nm (S2B)
B1220 mSWIR, 2202.4 nm (S2A), 442.2 nm (S2B)

Use cases

Thanks to the MSI and a frequent revisit (every 5 days) of every place on Earth, it is particularly valuable for agricultural and forestry applications and change detection. Nevertheless, other applications can also benefit from this optical instrument – for example lake and coastal water pollution assessments or disaster monitoring, e.g. volcanic eruptions or landslides.

Technical documentation

For more information, please visit the technical documentation or the provider website.


To know more please check the block capabilities specifications.

Terms & Conditions

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