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Panchromatic Image File

Panchromatic Image

Last updated: October 7, 2021


An ARD panchromatic image is a single-band black and white image that has been minimally processed for analytics. The following pre-processing steps are applied:

  • Atmospheric compensation
  • Orthorectification to native resolution, as captured by the sensor

Panchromatic images are saved as Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF (COG):

  • processed using GDAL's COG output format using default settings
  • DEFLATE compression
  • NoData pixels are encoded in a mask band

Example image

This is an example of a panchromatic ARD image over San Francisco, CA USA.

panchromatic image


Panchromatic (black and white) imagery has a single band:

band name description
BAND_P pan

File information

File type: Raster GeoTIFF

File name: {acquisitionID}-pan.tif

File path: bucket or location/prefix/UTM zone/quadkey/acquisition date/

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