The Nebraska Legislature's study of the impact of climate change on the state will unfold in several stages in the year ahead.
The first stage is called a request for information, and that is what is taking place now.
This is a request that interested researchers outline the process they would use to do the study. The state is not paying for any of the work at this stage.
Here are some of the deadlines involving this phase of the climate study:
Nov. 12 — Deadline for interested parties to submit questions about the request for information.
Nov. 20 — Deadline for the state to respond to those questions.
Dec. 18 — Deadline for bidders to submit their proposal for the Request for Information. At 10 a.m. on this date, the entries will be opened at the Department of Agriculture.
After the bids are opened, the climate committee will review the proposals and consider whether to incorporate any of them into a second request for bids.
This second request will be the bid solicitation for the climate study itself.
There are two primary deadlines involving the study itself: Sept. 1, an initial report is due; Dec. 1, 2014, a final report is due.