In support of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) objectives and as the space component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), CEOS has developed the concept of virtual, space-based Constellations. A Virtual Constellation is a coordinated set of space and/or ground segment capabilities from different partners that focuses on observing a particular parameter or set of parameters of the Earth system.
The CEOS Virtual Constellations coordinate space-based, ground-based, and/or data delivery systems to meet a common set of requirements within a specific domain. They leverage inter-Agency collaboration and partnerships to address observational gaps, sustain the routine collection of critical observations, and minimize duplication/overlaps, while maintaining the independence of individual CEOS Agency contributions.
Please take a look at their individual pages for more detailed information about their activities. Currently, CEOS Virtual Constellations include:
- Atmospheric Composition (AC-VC)
- Land Surface Imaging (LSI-VC)
- Ocean Colour Radiometry (OCR-VC)
- Ocean Surface Topography (OST-VC)
- Ocean Surface Vector Wind (OSVW-VC)
- Precipitation (P-VC)
- Sea Surface Temperature (SST-VC)