Future USGS Plans for Distribution of Sentinel-2 Products

A partnership has been established between European Space Agency (ESA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to allow for USGS storage and redistribution of data acquired by the multispectral instrument (MSI) on ESA’s Sentinel-2A satellite that was launched in June 2015. The MSI collects imagery over the Earth’s land surfaces, large islands, and inland and coastal waters with potential revisit every ten days. The MSI sensor acquires 13 spectral bands that are highly complementary to data acquired by the USGS Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+).

The collaborative effort between ESA and USGS will provide for public access and redistribution of global acquisitions of Sentinel-2A data at no cost, allowing users to download the MSI imagery from USGS access systems such as EarthExplorer, in addition to the ESA Sentinels Scientific Data Hub.  The anticipated product options from USGS will include a Full-Resolution Browse (FRB) image product generated by USGS, along with a 100Km by 100Km tile-based Level-1C top-of-atmosphere (TOA) reflectance product that will be very similar (but not identical) to the currently distributedESA Level 1C product.  An initial release of these two product types is anticipated in early-mid 2016.

For more information about Sentinel-2, please visit http://eros.usgs.gov/sentinel-2

We welcome any input or feedback from the user community. Please provide comments or suggestions regarding the future Sentinel-2A product options to: custserv@usgs.gov

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Customer Services

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center

47914 – 252nd Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57198

Phone: (605) 594-6151

Toll Free: 800-252-4547

Email:  custserv@usgs.gov

Website: http://eros.usgs.gov

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