How would I know the granule name for sentinel data in Google Earth Engine? I tried to look up the granule name in the "index.csv.gz" (gs://gcp-public-data-sentinel-2/index.csv.gz) and "scihub" but cannot get the code running. Here are the field names in the index.csv.gz GRANULE_ID,PRODUCT_ID,DATATAKE_IDENTIFIER,MGRS_TILE,SENSING_‌TIME,TOTAL_SIZE,CLOU‌​D_COVER,GEOMETRIC_QU‌​ALITY_FLAG,GENERATIO‌​N_TIME, NORTH_LAT,SO‌​UTH_LAT,WEST_LON,EAS‌​T_LON,BASE_URL.

On the other hand this is the sample granule ID I got from scihub: S2A_OPER_MSI_L1C_TL_EPA__20170512T230414_A002288_T50PQA_N02.‌​04.

I am struggling how to determine sentinel ID (specifically Granule ID) in Google Earth Engine.

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In the Earth Engine public data catalog, Sentinel-2 data is stored in the "COPERNICUS/S2" image collection. The naming convention for the images is described on the Sentinel-2: MultiSpectral Instrument (MSI), Level-1C dataset description page:

Each Sentinel 2 product (zip archive) contains multiple granules. Each granule becomes a separate Earth Engine asset. EE asset ids for Sentinel 2 assets look like this: COPERNICUS/S2/20151128T002653_20151128T102149_T56MNN. Here the first numeric part represents the sensing date and time, the second numeric part represents the product generation date and time, and the final 6-character string is a unique granule identifier indicating its UTM grid reference (see MGRS).

A typical workflow for Sentinel-2 data analysis is to start with the entire Sentinel-2 collection, and then apply spatial and temporal filters:

// Define an object that refers to the Sentinel-2 collection.
var s2 = ee.ImageCollection("COPERNICUS/S2");

// Filter the Sentinel-2 collection by time and location.
var roi = ee.Geometry.Point([-5.55, 35.96]);
var s2_filtered_1 = s2.filterDate('2017-05-01', '2017-06-01')
print('Collection filtered by time and location', s2_filtered_1);

To obtain the Granule IDs, you can extract metadata from the images in the filtered collection:

// Extract the Granule ID(s) from the metadata of images in the collection.
var granual_id_list = ee.Dictionary(
print('GRANULE_ID list', granual_id_list);

You can also filter collections by arbitrary metadata, which allows you easily access an image based on the product ID found on the Copernicus Open Access Hub:

// Filter the Sentinel-2 collection by Product ID obtained from the
// Copernicus Open Access Hub.
var id = 'S2A_MSIL1C_20170512T093041_N0205_R136_T34TDN_20170512T093649';
var s2_filtered_2 = s2.filterMetadata('PRODUCT_ID', 'equals', id);
print('Collection filtered by product ID', s2_filtered_2);

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