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PR company develops climate change study software

An island firm specializing in environmental risk forecasting has developed software that uses AI and empirical data to study the impact of climate change throughout Puerto Rico.

By John McPhaul

The Puerto Rican company TerraFirma, which is focused on forecasting environmental risks, has developed software that uses artificial intelligence and empirical data to study the impact of climate change throughout the island.

The digital tool includes soil data for each square meter of Puerto Rico, as well as meteorological data since 1941. The software allows the identification of areas prone to floods, landslides and coastal erosion, predicting which areas of each municipality and community are the most vulnerable.

“Our technology allows professionals in the construction industry to manage their budget and resources in the most effective way taking into account territorial, solar, wind and hydrological data,” said Alejandro Mieses, executive director of TerraFirma. “TerraFirma’s mission is to support mitigation efforts in order to protect natural resources and promote resilient communities.”

As reported through a press release, Google for Startups recently invited the TerraFirma team to participate in a mentoring program to scale their software, since the technology created by the local company is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In addition, they were recipients of the Advanced Research Grant awarded by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust. The grant will allow them to increase their impact in Puerto Rico by contributing to planning programs focused on community resilience.

“We are very proud of the potential that our technology has to promote a holistic planning process for the country,” Mieses said. “This is essential when coordinating efforts between Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project managers, communities, and the third sector. Our goal is to provide all possible resources to the groups in charge of rebuilding Puerto Rico.”

Terrafirma is currently participating in parallel18’s P18 international acceleration program, which focuses on scaling the product globally.

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