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Change of format for new Sentinel-2 Level-1C products starting on 6 December

29 November 2016

Referring to the Sentinel-2 Level-1C products format evolution described in the news of 5 August, and further to the introduction on 21 September of the products distribution in single-tile packages, ESA is pleased to announce that the new products will start being distributed according to the final format subject of this evolution starting on Tuesday 6 December.

Along with this new format, the products will continue to be distributed in single-tile packages, i.e. each product embedding one single tile of the Level-1C tiling grid.

In addition, users are reminded that the new format features two additional evolutions:

  • The product naming (including the naming of folders and files inside the product structure) is compacted to overcome the 256 characters limitation on pathnames imposed by Windows platforms
  • A full resolution True-Colour Image (TCI) is included in every product as a separate RGB composite image (in JPEG2000 format) and is placed inside the Tile folder together with the original spectral band images

The updated product format is described in detail in the Sentinel-2 Products Specification Document (PSD) (version 14.2). The corresponding XSD schemas and a sample product are also available for download. Please note that a minor correction has been applied to the XSD schemas from their previous version published on 8 November.

Users are reminded that the PSD defines the generic format of Sentinel-2 products which includes several packaging/formatting options. In that respect, it is highlighted that the specific product format that will correspond to the new Level-1C product published on the Data Hub as of 6 December will combine the features of both the 'Compact Naming Convention' and the 'Complete Single Tile' options described in the PSD.