Gaining Momentum

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This chapter covers the period 2009–2014. With the Obama Administration, the Earth Science program became more “climate centric.” Freilich crossed swords with Deputy Administrator Lori Garver who pushed him to go from measurement to mitigation. NASA established an interdisciplinary Sea-Level Change Team (N-SLCT) to enhance its communications to the public. The climate sensors came off NPOESS and back to NASA. Freilich and NOAA agreed that NOAA would fund an operational Jason-3, while Freilich sought to put his money into a second-generation wide-swath sea-level satellite he and the Decadal Survey wanted, SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
VolumePart F1542
ISSN (Print)2730-972X
ISSN (Electronic)2730-9738


  • A “climate centric” program
  • Jason-3
  • Lori Garver
  • NASA Sea-Level Change Team (N-SLCT)
  • Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite (SWOT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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