Sentinel-2 False Color (NIR/Red/Green)

    Quasi Global (83 degrees N, 56 degrees S latitude)
Spatial Resolution
Data Source(s)
    European Space Agency (ESA)
Science Partner


The Sentinel program is composed of two satellites (Sentinel 2A, 2B) and was developed to monitor land surface changes in vegetation, the environment, and land cover. Sentinel-2 spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions allow for imagery to be processed at sufficient spatial and temporal detail that is optimal for field scale land surface monitoring, management, and research. Sentinel-2 datasets are available for Sentinel 2A, 2B, and composite of 2A/2B using top of atmosphere or at surface reflectance data.

False Color composites provide images of the land’s surface in a color scheme which is useful for visually identifying specific features such as clouds, vegetation, urban areas, and open water. This product is specifically useful for visually identifying high cirrus clouds or haze which are normally difficult to identify in a true color image.

False Color (NIR,Red,Green) images are composed of three bands (Near Infrared (NIR), Red, and Green) visualized in the Red, Green, and Blue channels respectively. Since vegetation strongly reflects NIR wavelengths, red areas in the image are heavily vegetated. High cirrus clouds appear as a white haze in the image.

Bands Used:
Red: 0.6645 μm (S2A) / 0.665 μm (S2B)
Green: 0.560 μm (S2A) / 0.559 μm (S2B)
Near Infrared (NIR): 0.8351 μm (S2A) / 0.833 μm (S2B)

Technical Information

Quasi Global (83 degrees N, 56 degrees S latitude)
Period of Record
2015-present for 2A; 2017-present for 2B
Spatial Resolution
Temporal Resolution
2-3 days (at mid latitudes), 5-10 days (at equator)
Data Summaries
max, min, mean, median, anomalies, trend and statistical significance, spatial and temporal aggregations, time series
Data Source(s)
European Space Agency (ESA)
Data Formats
raster (geotiff), raster tile (tile ID), time series (.csv, .xls, .json, .geojson)

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