THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY. This notice does not constitute a commitment by the Government. All information submitted in response to this announcement is voluntary, and the Government will not pay for information requested nor will it compensate any respondent for any cost incurred in developing information provided to the Government.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is searching for firms who can provide 160 GHz Microwave Scintillometer System to include:

Receiver and transmitter.

Capability to integrate with Optical Scintillomter system from Kipp & Zonen.

Capability to provide continuous integrative measurements of turbulent energy fluxes (sensible and latent flux) across range of spatial scales and temporal scales.

Capability to measure said fluxes at field scales (several hundred meters) to landscape scales (several kilometers).

Capability to measure fluxes over range from minute to hourly on daily time scales.

The sensor system must be portable rugged so that it can be deployed at remote locations to collect long-term data under a broad range of climatological conditions.

As part of its market research, USDA ARS is issuing this Sources Sought to determine if there exist an adequate number of qualified interested contractors capable of providing the requirement. The Government may use the responses to this Sources Sought for information and planning purposes.
This Sources Sought is only for the purpose of identifying potential sources as part of USDA ARS market research. No Request for Quote (RFQ) exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the RFQ.

Responses to this Sources Sought are not quotes on which USDA ARS can issue any contract. This Sources Sought is issued for information and planning purposes only and does not itself constitute a RFQ. The Government does not intend to award a contract or BPAs based only on responses to this Sources Sought.

All information received in response to this Sources Sought marked "Proprietary" will be protected and handled accordingly. Interested parties are responsible for adequately marking proprietary or competition sensitive information contained in their response. Any response must provide information for the government to determine experience and capabilities in detail capabilities listed above. Additionally, firms are asked to provide their business size and DUNS number as well.

Responses to the Sources Sought will not be returned. Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this Sources Sought. USDA ARS will not pay for information received in response to this Sources Sought.

Do not submit pricing information in response to this Sources Sought.

Please send responses with the subject heading “Microwave Scintillometer – 1044108” Sources Sought to Tiffany Pimble at by September 15, 2021 by noon EST.