Lakewood Climate-tech Startup Searches Wildfire Ravaged Land for Risks

Teren Wildfire Colorado

Teren was featured in a recent article by the Denver Business Journal for its work on the Hermits Peak Watershed Protection Analysis.

Teren is featured in the Denver Business Journal for its work to analyze post-fire burn scars and reduce future damage from debris flow and sediment. The article highlights a project Teren is completing in New Mexico, but brought it home to the state of Colorado noting the tragedies that persist in the aftermath of the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

  • “For the past two years in a row, there’s been an instance in which a flash flood has triggered a debris flow that’s killed a family,” said Katherine Kraft, director of product strategy for Teren. “You have these multi-year effects that persist after a wildfire event.”

  • “We leverage a multitude of different remotely sensed data sources to pinpoint within a given landscape where exactly the climate risk — whether it’s a flood or fire — will manifest,” Kraft said. “We enable property owners to reduce the risk by removing vegetation or stabilizing the landscape.”

  • Through its analysis of the Hermit’s Peak burn, Teren will find the properties most at risk of threats, such as flooding. The findings will inform the Natural Resources Conservation Service where it should replace vegetation or drop mulch, which can reduce surface erosion and absorb rainfall.

  • “We’re really excited to be working in this climate-resilience space,” Katherine Kraft said. “Everything we’ve been doing has been related, for the most part, to climate resilience. We’ve decided that this is who we are. This is what Teren does, and we’re just going to own this.”

Read the full article by Nikki Wentling of the Denver Business Journal or contact Teren to learn more.