How many Spectral Bands have the Sentinel 2 Images?

The Sentinel 2 satellites have a Multi-Spectral Instrument (MSI) with 13 spectral bands that range from the visible range to the shortwave infrared (SWIR). Bands come in variable resolutions from 10 to 60 meter and their wavelenght is determined based on specific purposes.

This post is a part of a group of videos called "Working with Sentinel 2 Imagery on QGIS" that shows the complete procedure to download, represent and process Sentinel 2 images in QGIS, more information in this link:
https://www.hatarilabs.com/ih-en/working-with-sentinel-2-imagery-on-qgis

 

Band List

The list of band with their central wavelengtns adnd resolutions are shown below:

Sentinel-2 Bands Central Wavelength (µm) Resolution (m)
Band 1 - Coastal aerosol 0.443 60
Band 2 - Blue 0.490 10
Band 3 - Green 0.560 10
Band 4 - Red 0.665 10
Band 5 - Vegetation Red Edge 0.705 20
Band 6 - Vegetation Red Edge 0.740 20
Band 7 - Vegetation Red Edge 0.783 20
Band 8 - NIR 0.842 10
Band 8A - Vegetation Red Edge 0.865 20
Band 9 - Water vapour 0.945 60
Band 10 - SWIR - Cirrus 1.375 60
Band 11 - SWIR 1.610 20
Band 12 - SWIR 2.190 20

 

Video

This is a video with a deeper explanation on the band distribution:

 

External links

You can review these links for further information:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentinel-2
  • http://www.gdal.org/frmt_sentinel2.html
  • https://earth.esa.int/web/sentinel/user-guides/sentinel-2-msi/resolutions/spatial

Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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