XML Schema Definitions (XSD)

The metadata within a SENTINEL-2 Level-1C and Level-2A Compact Naming Convention product is contained in the root XML (eXtensible Markup Language) file within the product.

SENTINEL-2 L1C and L2A Compact naming Convention product physical structure

This metadata in XML format conforms to the XSD (XML Schema Definition) Schemas (S2_PDI_Level-1C_Tile_Metadata.xsd and S2_User_Product_Level-2A_Metadata.xsd respectively) that accompany the Product Specification Document (PSD) available from the Sentinel-2 Document Library.

XSD is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recommendation that specifies how to formally describe the elements in an Extensible Markup Language (XML) document. More information can be found on the W3C website.

The processing baseline (PROBAS) evolves to take into account corrections of errors in the processing chain and introductions of new product features or processing steps (e.g. introduction of the geometric refinement). The evolutions of the processing baseline are tracked and justified in the Data Quality Report published on a monthly basis. The relationship between each PROBAS, the XSD, and the PSD is set out in the Table below, and highlighted in the Data Quality Report (DQR) is available from the Sentinel-2 Document Library.

PSD History and relationship to PDGS Processing Baseline (PROBAS)

PSD Version

Date Introduced

Initial Processing Baseline

Product Level

XSD Location

12.0 10/09/2014 01.00 Level-1C PSD 12
13.0 30/11/2015 02.00 Level-1C PSD 13
13.1 15/12/2015 02.01 Level-1C PSD 13
13.2 03/05/2016 02.02 Level-1C PSD 13
13.2 15/06/2016 02.04 Level-1C PSD 13
14.2 06/12/2016 02.05 Level-1C PSD 14
14.3 23/10/2017 02.06 Level-1C PSD 14
14.5 06/11/2018 02.07 Level-1C PSD 14
14.5 08/07/2019 02.08 Level-1C PSD 14


PSD Version Date Introduced Initial Processing Baseline Product Level XSD Location
14.5 26/03/2018 02.07 Level-2A PSD 14
14.5 23/05/2018 02.08 Level-2A PSD 14
14.5 08/10/2018 02.09 Level-2A PSD 14
14.5 06/11/2018 02.10 Level-2A PSD 14
14.5 21/11/2018 02.11 Level-2A PSD 14
14.5 06/05/2019 02.12 Level-2A PSD 14
14.5 08/07/2019 02.13 Level-2A PSD 14


Note: The public archive of Sentinel-2 products was opened with processing baseline 02.00 (Level-1C).

L2A products were initially released as L2Ap (Pilot) products using Baseline L2A Baseline 02.07 from 28 March 2017 onwards.

Operational L2A distribution began on March 26 2018 with the of the Euro-Mediterranean region, and was extended globally in December 2018.

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