What’s the Buzz with “Climate Technology”?

We have a new tagline! StormSensor started out primarily focusing on stormwater, but we’ve realized after working with several municipalities that modern stormwater simply cannot be addressed without a more holistic focus on climate change. Sure, communities we’re working with are concerned about the typical stormwater issues, but they are also dealing with changing precipitation patterns, increased flooding, and rising sea levels impacting their infrastructure, often all at the same time. They need a tool to address the synergistic effects of climate change on their systems so they can effectively manage events in real time while also planning for a more resilient future. So here we are: a climate technology company!

You might be thinking, cool, I love a good buzz word, so tell me, what’s “climate technology”? I am glad you asked! Climate technology (climate tech for short) is an emerging category of business aimed at tackling the climate crisis head on. The category is pretty broad. I mean, can you think of an industry that’s not in need of innovation due to climate change? However, a 2018 paper from the Stanford Social Innovation Review considers solutions in six main categories:

• Transitioning the energy supply to renewable sources
• Moving toward zero-emissions transportation
• Reducing the impact of buildings and other infrastructure
• Cultivating sustainable agriculture
• Forestry and land use
• Decarbonizing industrial processes

Unlike traditional tech companies, or even green or cleantech companies, climate tech companies have a specific focus on solving problems related to or made worse by the changing climate. For StormSensor, this means committing to a vision of providing municipalities with the data and insights they need to assess and manage impacts from climate change on their stormwater systems, all in a single platform.
Our dense sensor networks pull flow, temperature, and weather data from your system at every monitoring point, every 5 minutes, every day. We know that data alone is not the answer, so we are laser-focused on developing analytical tools to drive these insights. Insights like a spatial tracking system for tailwater throughout your system, algorithms to parse out impacts due to tides vs. precipitation, and a tool to analyze storm events in real-time against your current design standards.

A message from StormSensor CEO, Erin Rothman:

“By providing information that enables communities to plan, absorb, recover and adapt to the hydrologic effects of climate change, they become more resilient. By analyzing system performance before and after events to understand what failed so systems can be improved and made better, systems become antifragile. By providing actionable insights that underpin decisions about how to balance economic, social, and environmental factors, communities become more sustainable. And by capturing, centralizing, and presenting data that can be easily accessed to by regulators and other stakeholders, communities remain compliant.”


Is your community facing challenges as you work to manage stormwater in the era of climate change? Contact us to learn more about how we can help!

About the author

Suzie Housley

Stormwater Scientist

Talk stormwater with suzie@stormsensor.io Suzie has over a decade of experience in the Stormwater industry including both government and academic work. She leans on her experience to meaningfully interpret scientific studies and government policies to communicate a practical message. Suzie lives just outside Nashville, TN and gets outside whenever she can to explore nature with her husband and two small children.