LANCE is managed by ESDIS but steered by a User Working Group (UWG) responsible for providing guidance and recommendations concerning a broad range of topics related to the LANCE system, capabilities, and services. The UWG represents the broad needs of the LANCE applications user communities, while maintaining close ties with the various Science Teams for the instruments included in LANCE. The UWG meets at least once a year to ensure that LANCE capabilities are aligned with the NRT community needs. UWG recommendations are made to ESDIS, which in turn engages NASA Headquarters concerning the feasibility and cost of implementation.
The UWG is chaired by Professor Chris Justice, Chair of the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland.