RGB Products Explained

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This module provides an overview of meteorological and environmental RGB products, namely, how they are constructed and how to use them.

Published: 22 June 2010

The first half provides background information on the RGB development process and the future of RGB products when geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites have far more channels.

The second half of the module, the Applications section, focuses on the use of RGB products and provides examples, interpretation exercises, and background information for many of the commonly used products. The module is aimed at operational forecasters, meteorology and remote sensing students from the undergraduate level on up, scientists, and all others who rely on satellite products for environmental information.

The objectives of this presentation are to:

  • define what an RGB product is and how it differs from other types of satellite products and images;
  • describe the benefits of using RGB products;
  • describe the process of constructing RGB products;
  • describe key applications for which RGB products are used;
  • describe how the future of RGB products will change when the next generation of satellites is operational.

Pre-requisites: basic knowledge of VIS and IR channels and experience with RGB image compositing technique.

Category Language Difficulty Audio Duration Author
Atmosphere, Land, Marine English Intermediate 120 min Patrick Dills, Jochen Kerkmann, Thomas Lee


RGB Products Explained (COMET, requires registration)

Operational Use of RGB Products (EUMeTrain)

Real-time RGB imagery



I.M. Lensky and D. Rosenfeld, 2008: Clouds-Aerosols-Precipitation Satellite Analysis Tool (CAPSAT). Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 6739–6753.

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