Lightning in the Sky above a Wildfire (image) National Science Foundation Caption Many ecosystems exhibit spatially-spreading processes that stakeholders would like to manage to either promote or prevent. For wildland fire, one seeks to promote the spread of low-intensity ground fires that prevent the buildup of dangerous fuels while preventing the spread of high-intensity crown fires that destroy endangered species habitat and valuable timber. Researchers from Oregon State University are developing new algorithms that will work with ecosystem simulators and address the risk of catastrophic outcomes such as species extinction or catastrophic wildfires. Credit John D. Walstad, Oregon State University. Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.