Sentinel-2 L1C

About Sentinel-2 L1C Data

Mission information

SENTINEL-2 is a European wide-swath, high-resolution, multi-spectral imaging mission. Its high-resolution optical images have many applications, including land monitoring, emergency response and security services assistance. The satellite's multispectral imager provides a versatile set of 13 spectral bands spanning from the visible and near infrared to the shortwave infrared.

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Basic facts

Spatial resolution10 m, 20 m, and 60 m depending on the wavelength
SensorMultiSpectral Instrument (MSI), 13 bands: 4 visible bands, 6 Near-Infrared bands, and 3 Short-Wave Infrared bands
Revisit time5 days with two satellites
Spatial coverageLand and coastal areas between latitudes 56°S and 83°N
Data availabilitySince November 2015
MeasurementTop of the atmosphere (TOA) reflectance
Common usage/purposeLand-cover maps, land-change detection maps, vegetation monitoring, monitoring of burned areas

Attribution and use

EU law grants free access to Copernicus Sentinel Data and Service Information for the purpose of the following use in so far as it is lawful: a) reproduction; b) distribution; c) communication to the public; d) adaptation, modification and combination with other data and information; e) any combination of points a to d.

See more details on the use of Copernicus Sentinel data and service information

Tracing based on Sentinel imagery is allowed for commercial purposes as well.

Acknowledgment or credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [Year] processed by Sentinel Hub

Accessing Sentinel-2 L1C Data

To access data you need to send a POST request to our process API. The requested data will be returned as the response to your request. Each POST request can be tailored to get you exactly the data you require. To do this requires setting various parameters which depend on the datasource you are querying. This chapter will help you understand the parameters for S2L1C data. To see examples of such requests go here, and for an overview of all API parameters see the API Reference.

Endpoint Locations

ServiceNotes since November 2015 since November 2015

Differences in Capabilities supports only OGC requests (and not API requests). The version of OGC services at is older and there might be minor differences in rendering. For the latest version use endpoint.

Data type identifier: S2L1C

Use S2L1C as the value of the parameter in your API requests. This is mandatory and will ensure you get Sentinel-2 L1C data.

Filtering Options

This chapter will explain the object of the S2L1C process API.


Sets the order of overlapping tiles from which the output result is mosaicked. Note that tiles will in most cases come from the same orbit/acquisition. The tiling is done by ESA for easier distribution.

mostRecentselected by default. The pixel will be selected from the tile, which was acquired most recentlyin case there are more tiles available with the same timestamp (some tiles are processed by many ground stations, some are reprocessed, etc.), the one, which was downloaded from SciHub later will be used.
leastRecentsimilar to mostRecent but in reverse order
leastCCpixel is selected from tile with the least cloud coverage meta-datanote that "per tile" information is used here, each covering about a 12,000 sq. km area, so this information is only an estimate .


Sets the upper limit for cloud coverage in percent based on the precomputed cloud coverage estimate for each Sentinel-2 tile as present in the tile metadata. Satellite data will therefore not be retrieved for tiles with a higher cloud coverage estimate. For example, by setting the value to 20, only tiles with at most 20% cloud coverage will be used. Note that this parameter is set per tile and might not be directly applicable to the chosen area of interest.


Sentinel Hub API is optimised for full resolution data access as this is what most users need. There are, however, cases where low resolution makes sense as well. To make this feasible, Sentinel-Hub generates lower resolution files (which we call previews) with up to a few hours of delay after initial data availability. To enable access to these previews and thus reduce the resolution limit, set this property to PREVIEW or EXTENDED_PREVIEW. If set, the API will still display full resolution data, so aside from potentially using more requests, in general there is no downside to enabling this option. Note that the max cloud coverage filter does not apply when using previews.

DETAILdisplays original data from full-resolution to 250m per pixel
PREVIEWas DETAIL, including previews from 250m per pixel to 1500m per pixel.
EXTENDED_PREVIEWas PREVIEW, including previews from 1500m per pixel and up (more zoomed out). If displaying more than 1500m per pixel the service limits the data to one month prior to the "TO" date.

Processing Options

This chapter will explain the object of the S2L1C process API.

upsamplingDefines the interpolation used for processing when the pixel resolution is greater than the source resolution (e.g. 5m/px with a 10m/px source)NEAREST - nearest neighbour interpolation
BILINEAR - bilinear interpolation
BICUBIC - bicubic interpolation
downsamplingAs above except when the resolution is lower.NEAREST - nearest neighbour interpolation
BILINEAR - bilinear interpolation
BICUBIC - bicubic interpolation
atmosphericCorrection - DEPRECATEDAtmospheric correction using DOS1 and STATISTICAL is being deprecated and will only be available until 30.06.2020. These parameters provided a less optimal atmospheric correction for L1C before the global L2A dataset was available. Whenever atmosheric correction is needed, datasource L2A should be used if possible.NONE - no change of values
DOS1 - DOS1 tile-based atmospheric correction
STATISTICAL - Statistical runtime optimised atmospheric correction is based on the official Sen2Cor. However, to make global processing feasible, we run the process on anchor tiles and then apply the statistical difference to neighboring tiles. This approach approximates the overall atmospheric conditions quite well, but does not take into account local specifics, e.g. clouds and terrain.

Available Bands and Data

This chapter will explain the bands and data which can be set in the evalscript input object:

  • Any string listed in the column Name can be an element of the input.bands array in your evalscript.
  • For optical bands, REFLECTANCE or DN (digital numbers) can be set as the value of input.units in your V3 evalscript. For Sentinel-2 data, the relation between both units is: DN = 10000 * REFLECTANCE The data for these bands will be presented in the specified units for further manipulation in your evalscript. The default is REFLECTANCE.
B01Coastal aerosol, 442.7 nm (S2A), 442.3 nm (S2B)60mREFLECTANCE, DN
B02Blue, 492.4 nm (S2A), 492.1 nm (S2B)10mREFLECTANCE, DN
B03Green, 559.8 nm (S2A), 559.0 nm (S2B)10mREFLECTANCE, DN
B04Red, 664.6 nm (S2A), 665.0 nm (S2B)10mREFLECTANCE, DN
B05Vegetation red edge, 704.1 nm (S2A), 703.8 nm (S2B)20mREFLECTANCE, DN
B06Vegetation red edge, 740.5 nm (S2A), 739.1 nm (S2B)20mREFLECTANCE, DN
B07Vegetation red edge, 782.8 nm (S2A), 779.7 nm (S2B)20mREFLECTANCE, DN
B08NIR, 832.8 nm (S2A), 833.0 nm (S2B)10mREFLECTANCE, DN
B8ANarrow NIR, 864.7 nm (S2A), 864.0 nm (S2B)20mREFLECTANCE, DN
B09Water vapour, 945.1 nm (S2A), 943.2 nm (S2B)60mREFLECTANCE, DN
B10SWIR – Cirrus, 1373.5 nm (S2A), 1376.9 nm (S2B)60mREFLECTANCE, DN
B11SWIR, 1613.7 nm (S2A), 1610.4 nm (S2B)20mREFLECTANCE, DN
B12SWIR, 2202.4 nm (S2A), 2185.7 nm (S2B)20mREFLECTANCE, DN
CLPCloud probability, based on s2cloudless (more)160mProbabilities as [0,255]
CLMCloud masks (more)160m0 - no clouds
1 - clouds
255 - no data
sunAzimuthAnglesSun azimuth angle5000mdegrees
sunZenithAnglesSun zenith angle5000mdegrees
viewAzimuthMeanViewing azimuth angle5000mdegrees
viewZenithMeanViewing zenith angle5000mdegrees
dataMaskThe mask of data/no data pixels (more).N/A*0 - no data
1 - data

*dataMask has no source resolution as it is calculated for each output pixel.


All mosaicking types are supported.

Scene Object

This chapter will explain the evalscript evaluatePixel scene object.

The scene object contains the following properties:

Property nameDescriptionType
dateScene sensing timeJavaScript Date object
tileIDUnique scene identifierInteger
tileOriginalIdSentinel 2 tile identifierString (e.g., S2A_OPER_MSI_L1C_TL_SGS__20190218T063808_A019105_T49MCN_N02.11)
orbitIdUnique orbit identifierInteger

Catalog API Capabilities

To access Sentinel 2 L1C product metadata you need to send search request to our Catalog API. The requested metadata will be returned as JSON formatted response to your request. This chapter will help with understanding Sentinel 2 L1C specific parameters for search request.

Endpoint Locations

ServiceNotes since November 2015

Collection identifier: sentinel-2-l1c

Query extension

  • eo:cloud_cover cloud cover percentage

Distinct extension

  • date


S2L1C examples.