ABI Bands Quick Information Guides

The fact sheets in this section are designed as quick reference guides to provide National Weather Service forecasters with information on each of the GOES-R series Advanced Baseline Imager’s 16 spectral bands. These include two visible channels, four near-infrared channels and ten infrared channels. Each fact sheet covers what the band measures and how this is operationally relevant. The fact sheets also include links for more information.

Click on an image in the "ABI Band Fact Sheet" column of the table below to access the information guide for the corresponding ABI band number.

ABI Band
Fact Sheet
ABI Band No. Approx. Central
Wavelength (µm)
Band "Nickname" Band Type
thumbnail image of ABI Band 1 Fact Sheet
Updated February 25, 2015
1 0.47 "Blue" Band Visible
thumbnail image of ABI Band 2 Fact Sheet 2 0.64 "Red" Band Visible
thumbnail image of ABI Band 3 Fact Sheet 3 0.86 "Veggie" Band Near-IR
thumbnail image of ABI Band 4 Fact Sheet 4 1.37 "Cirrus" Band Near-IR
thumbnail image of ABI Band 5 Fact Sheet 5 1.6 "Snow/Ice" Band Near-IR
thumbnail image of ABI Band 6 Fact Sheet 6 2.2 "Cloud Particle Size" Band Near-IR
thumbnail image of ABI Band 7 Fact Sheet 7 3.9 "Shortwave Window" Band IR (with reflected
daytime component)
thumbnail image of ABI Band 8 Fact Sheet 8 6.2 "Upper-Level Tropospheric Water Vapor" Band IR
thumbnail image of ABI Band 9 Fact Sheet 9 6.9 “Mid-Level Tropospheric Water Vapor” Band IR
ABI Band 10 Fact Sheet 10 7.3 “Lower-level Water
Vapor” Band
IR
ABI Band 11 Fact Sheet 11 8.4 "Cloud-Top Phase" Band IR
thumbnail image of ABI Band 5 Fact Sheet 12 9.6 "Ozone Band" IR
The ABI Band 13 13 10.3 "Clean" IR Longwave
Window Band
IR
The ABI Band 14 (longwave infrared) 14 11.2 IR Longwave Window Band IR
The ABI Band 15 15 12.3 "Dirty" Longwave Window Band IR
The ABI Band 16 16 13.3 "CO2" longwave infrared IR
Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) Fact Sheet AHI Band No. Approx. Central Wavelength (µm) Band "Nickname" Band Type
2 0.51 “Green” Band Visible