Land Surface Imaging

Originally, the fundamental mission of the CEOS Land Surface Imaging Virtual Constellation (LSI-VC) was to promote the efficient, effective, and comprehensive collection, distribution, and application of space-acquired image data of the global land surface, especially to meet societal needs of the global population, such as those addressed by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) societal benefit areas (SBAs).

Discussion at the 28th CEOS Plenary (2014) confirmed the value of the LSI-VC and noted the criticality of land surface imaging data across a very wide range of societal benefit areas. The discussion also highlighted the need for strong international coordination to ensure user needs can be met while promoting the sustainability of programs. For this reason, The LSI-VC developed a new LSI-VC Implementation Plan that reflects a change in focus toward the coordination of land surface imaging space segment assets. 

The LSI-VC Implementation Plan (August, 2017)

Terms of Reference (October, 2015)

2016 Achievements and Way Forward (PDF)


  • LSI-VC-5: Tokyo, Japan | February, 2018
  • LSI-VC-4: Frascati, Italy | September, 2017
  • LSI-VC-3: Frascati, Italy | March, 2017
  • LSI-VC-2 : Los Angeles, California, USA | July, 2016
  • LSI-VC-1 : Frascati, Italy | February, 2016

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the LSI-VC Co-Chairs for more information:

Jennifer Lacey 
Observing Systems Branch Chief
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Tel: +1 605-594-2505

Adam Lewis 
Branch Head, National Earth and Marine Observation
Environmental Geoscience Division
Geoscience Australia
Tel: +61 2 6249 9353

Susanne Mecklenburg
European Space Agency (ESA)

Past LSI meeting materials are available upon request. 

Past LSI Document Archives