[CODATA-international] Dr. Michael Freilich

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Aug 12 08:32:48 EDT 2020

On August 5, the Earth observation community suffered a huge loss with the passing of Dr. Michael Freilich.  Dr. Freilich was the former head of NASA Earth Science Division and a distinguished member of the United States Delegation to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Under Dr. Freilich’s leadership, NASA has been a significant contributor to GEO, providing funding, expertise and leadership to a vast majority of the GEO efforts, helping to lead and shape global Earth observations activities to positively impact our planet.

A true visionary, Dr. Freilich knew the value of international partnerships for achieving the best in Earth science and providing the most to the public. He was a lifelong champion of international collaboration and took part in building up and supporting the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and GEO. His tireless efforts to build and expand the global capacity to observe and study the Earth earned Dr. Freilich the respect and utmost gratitude from the international community.

I pay tribute to Dr. Freilich for his significant contributions to the Earth observation community.


Best wishes,


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