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A -- Snow and Ice (SI) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC), NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

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Notice Type
541715 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)
Contracting Office
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.Y, Greenbelt, Maryland, 20771, United States
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Point of Contact
Colin Bornmann, Phone: 3012867673
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has a requirement for a comprehensive data system managing the data from Earth science research satellites and field measurement programs. The Snow and Ice (SI) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) focuses on the receiving, archiving, transforming, validating, and distributing digital and analog snow and ice data products generated from numerous Earth Observation satellite instruments, airborne instruments, as well as in situ data sets. The SI DAAC also maintains information about snow cover, avalanches, glaciers, ice sheets, freshwater ice, sea ice, ground ice, permafrost, atmospheric ice, paleoglaciology, and ice cores. The tasks assigned to the SI DAAC under the subject contract include science data planning and product generation, system development, operations and maintenance, and user support. These tasks include identifying and making available sources of snow and ice data, supporting development and generation of new information products and services oriented to researchers who utilize these data, and providing these information products and services to a spectrum of users including fundamental and applied researchers, operational users, and the general public. NASA/GSFC intends to procure the services from the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) through a five-year contract (one-year base period and four 1-year options). The award will be made pursuant to FAR 6.302-3, industrial mobilization; engineering; developmental or research capability; or expert services. Specifically, the SI DAAC is part of an established program of scientific research, academic involvement and education outreach at the university. The capability required to be maintained is for engineering work in the development, utilization, and calibration of essential algorithms to make the cryospheric research data sets usable to researchers. The application of these algorithms requires an expertise in cryospheric data and is accomplished by doctoral-level scientists and engineers at the SI DAAC. Specifically, SI DAAC scientists and engineers have developed and continue to enhance the Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid (EASE-Grid) data projection. The aforementioned capabilities are essential to NASA in that they are necessary to fulfill NASA's needs in the area of cryospheric research, and without them, NASA and scientific researchers will be deprived of important scientific data. These skills are necessary to continue to develop and improve geophysical algorithms for cryospheric processes and the production of research quality data products to meet science objectives for cryospheric research. The skills are necessary to validate data for such essential measurement missions. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on December 15, 2017. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government. Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/Omb.html.
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