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NOTE: by downloading LVIS data you agree to the LVIS Data Policy v1.2 as stated below:

While substantial efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of data and documentation, complete accuracy of data sets can not be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is". The LVIS team can not assume responsibility for damages resulting from mis-use or mis-interpretation of datasets or from errors or omissions that may exist in the data. Data users are welcome to collaborate with the LVIS team, as this may minimize the potential for misinterpretation of the data.

In order to develop an active community and ensure the flow of ideas between interested parties, the LVIS team makes the following suggestions of individuals who download LVIS data:

  1. On projects that are integrally dependent on LVIS data, you have the option to request collaboration and/or co-authorship from the LVIS team. (NOTE: This is in no way binding. You are free to use the data on your own. You are not expected or required to contact or work with us in any way. This is simply a suggestion.)
  2. Most datasets are now available from the NSIDC DAAC and can be acknowledged with the appropriate DOI. For data sets not yet hosted in a DAAC, please acknowledge the source of the data set as the LVIS team/project (see Data citations page)
  3. Consider notifying (a simple email will suffice) the LVIS Principal Investigator when any derivative work based on or derived from the data and/or documentation is distributed or presented. (We always appreciate when our data is used and helps result in scientific publications.)
  4. When derivatives of the LVIS data are distributed in any way, notify subsequent users that such derivative work is not the original LVIS data and/or documentation distributed on the LVIS web site
  5. Do not redistribute original data and documentation yourself, instead please direct individuals to It is important that we have the ability to contact users of LVIS data so that we can notify them when we upload new data sets and/or correct mistakes in the existing data sets.
  6. If you would like to share your work with us, we would greatly appreciate it if you would notify us and/or send a reprint of any publications resulting from the use of the data and/or documentation.
Our address is:

J. Bryan Blair
Laser Remote Sensing Laboratory
301-614-6741, FAX 301-614-6744
Bryan Blair

Data Locations

Since 1998, LVIS has flown in several regions around the world including the Arctic (Greenland, Alaska, and Canada), the Antarctic, the continental United States, Africa, and Costa Rica.

Below is a list of all of LVIS's missions organized by region with the most recent missions on top. Click a mission's "Year" to view a thumbnail containing all trajectories for that mission.


LVIS has flown over Greenland numerous times between 2007 and 2017 for Operation IceBridge.

Canada and Alaska

LVIS has flown over Canada and Alaska in 2010, 2014, 2017, and 2019 for missions including ARISE, IceBridge, and ABoVE.


LVIS flew over Africa in 2016 for AfriSAR.

Mission Year Platform Data
AfriSAR Winter 2016 NASA Langley KingAir B-200 View Data


LVIS has flown over Antarctica several times between 2009 and 2015 for Operation IceBridge.

Mission Year Platform Data
IceBridge Fall 2015 NSF/NCAR G-V View Data
IceBridge Fall 2011 NSF/NCAR G-V View Data
IceBridge Fall 2010 DC-8 View Data
IceBridge Fall 2009 DC-8 View Data

United States

LVIS has extensive data from the United States.

Region States Year Platform Data
Southeast TX, OK, NM, LA, MI, AL, TN, AK, FL, GA, NC, SC Summer 2019 NASA JSC Gulfstream V View Data
East Coast MA, ME, NH, NY Summer 2009 DOE King Air B-200 View Data
Western States CA, NM, NV Fall 2008 DOE King Air B-200 View Data
Sierra Nevada and Arkansas AR, CA Summer 2006 DOE King Air B-200 View Data
Florida Gulf Coast FL Summer 2005 NOAA Cessna Citation II View Data
Patuxent Watershed MD Summer 2003 NOAA Cessna Citation II View Data
East Coast MA, MD, ME, NH, VA Summer 2003 NOAA Cessna Citation II View Data
East and West Coasts CA, MA, NC, NH, SC, TN Fall 1999 NASA C-130 View Data

Costa Rica and Panama

LVIS has flown over Costa Rica in 1998, 2005, and 2019. The 1998 deployment included a flight over Panama.

Region Year Platform Data
Costa Rica and Central America Summer 2019 NASA JSC Gulfstream V View Data
Costa Rica Spring 2005 DOE King Air View Data
Costa Rica and Panama Spring 1998 NASA C-130 View Data

Additional Downloads

Use the KMZ files below to view location data from various missions.

Description Filename File size File Type Click to download
LVIS Flight Locations 1998-2010 lvis.kml 67 KB kml download_trans.gif
LVIS Flight Trajectories 1998-2019 trajAllFlights1998-2019_LVIS.kmz 4.1 MB kmz download_trans.gif