Cristian Suteanu

Chair of Environmental Studies
Faculty of Arts
Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Member Information

Interests

Nonlinear systems analysis and modeling; the role of information in our relation to the environment; methodological implications; application areas: space-time patterns of environmental change; climate variability; Arctic climate; natural hazards; renewable energy resources. Science of information & theory and applications: information, symmetry, and scale; information processes and geographic information management; epistemological aspects of our interactions with the environment.

Education

M.Phil., Philosophy of Culture, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, 1999
Ph.D., Physics of the Earth, Sabba S. Stefanescu Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy, 1997
B. Engineering, Engineering, Faculty of Technology, “Politehnica” University, 1983

Academic Work Experience

2013 - Present, Chairperson, Department of Environmental Science, Saint Mary's University
2011 - 2013, Coordinator, Environmental Science Program, Saint Mary's University
2007 - Present, Associate Professor; Tenured, Cross-appointed in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and in the Department of Environmental Science, Saint Mary’s University
2005 - 2007, Assistant Professor, Cross-appointed in the Geography Department and the Environmental Studies Program, Saint Mary's University
2002 - 2004, Assistant Professor, Geography Department, Saint Mary’s University
1990 - 2002, Research Engineer, Scientific Researcher, Principal Researcher, and then Senior Researcher, member of the Nonlinear Science Group, Sabba S. Stefanescu Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy
1983 - 1990, System Diagnosis Engineer and Lecturer, Professional Electronics and Computing Equipment Maintenance and Repair Company

Membership

2015 - Present, International Society for Digital Earth
2015 - Present, International Society for Environmental Information Sciences
2015 - Present, Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences, Corresponding Member
2015 - Present, Seismological Society of America
2015 - Present, American Geophysical Union
2015 - Present, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
2015 - Present, Canadian Association of Geographers
2015 - Present, European Geosciences Union
2015 - Present, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences

Teaching: Course / Program Development

2012/03 - 2012/03, Teaching in Italy
2008/04 - 2008/04, Teaching in Australia
2001/03 - 2014/03, Teaching in Canada
1999/03 - 2005/03, Teaching in Germany
1989/03 - 2001/03, Teaching in Romania

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Suteanu Cristian. (2012)"Book Review of: Juval Portugali, Complexity, Cognition and the City, Springer, 2011", Juval Portugali, Complexity, Cognition and the City, Journal of Regional Science 3:52, 506-507
Suteanu Cristian. (2000)"Book Review of: Henri-Claude Nataf, Joel Sommeria (eds.), La physique et la terre", La physique et la terre, Revue Roumaine de Géophysique 44, 127-128

Book

Zugravescu D, Suteanu Cristian. "The Active Geodynamic Zone of Vrancea" (Spring - 2005)
Zugravescu D, Suteanu Cristian. "Geodynamics - Outline of a Domain" (Spring - 2004)

Journal Articles

Liucci L, Melelli L, Suteanu Cristian. "Scale-invariance in the spatial development of landslides in the Umbria Region (Italy)", Pure and Applied Geophysics (Spring - 2014)
Suteanu Cristian, Campbell L, Charles T, Clyburne J, Lundholm J, Wiacek A. "Cutting-edge science for the real world, in K.Vaidya (ed.), Environmental Science and Studies for the Curious: Top Professors' Perspectives on College/University Major, Scholarships, Research Issues, and Career Options", The Curious Academic Publishing (Spring - 2014)
Suteanu Cristian. "Statistical variability and persistence change in daily air temperature time series from high latitude Arctic stations", Pure and Applied Geophysics (Spring - 2014)
Suteanu Cristian. "Pattern variability in Arctic air temperature records", Surveys in Geophysics 35:5 (Spring - 2014), 1215-1242
Suteanu Cristian. "The causal network of in-betweenness", Biocosmology—Neo-Aristotelism 3:4 (Spring - 2013), 608-618
Suteanu Cristian. "Identifying change in the variability of surface air temperature patterns", Pattern Recognition in Physics 1:1 (Spring - 2013), 135-142
Horne P, Suteanu Cristian, Van Proosdij D, Baker G. "Elevation-dependent multi-scale analysis of a complex inter-tidal zone", Journal of Coastal Research 29:3 (Spring - 2013), 631-641
Suteanu Cristian, Mandea M. "Surface air temperature in the Canadian Arctic: scaling and pattern change", Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics 118:3-4 (Spring - 2012), 179-188
Suteanu Cristian, Suteanu M. "Identification of change in spatio-temporal patterns: two multiscale approaches to volcanic seismicity", Romanian Geophysical Journal 55:5 (Spring - 2011)
Suteanu Cristian. "Detrended fluctuation analysis of daily atmospheric surface temperature records in Atlantic Canada", The Canadian Geographer 55:2 (Spring - 2011), 180-191
Suteanu Cristian. "On information and the geographical integration of information processes", Biocosmology–-Neo-Aristotelism 1:2-3 (Spring - 2011), 167-180
Suteanu Cristian. "Towards an environmental science centred on informational processes: artefacts, information dynamics, and the analogue-to-digital transition, in V. Guliciuc (ed.), Explorations in the Philosophy of Engineering and Artefact", Cambridge Scholars Publishing V. Guliciuc (ed.) (Spring - 2010), 167-178
Suteanu Cristian. "A scale-space information flux approach to natural irregular patterns: methods and applications", Journal of Environmental Informatics 16:2 (Spring - 2010), 57-69
Suteanu Cristian, Ioana C. "Pattern identification in the dynamic fingerprint of seismically active zones", Quaternary International 171-172 (Spring - 2007), 45-51
Suteanu Cristian. "You cannot swim in foam: Information flooding and information dilution in processes of change", International Journal of the Humanities 5 (Spring - 2007), 69-75
Suteanu Cristian. "Evolving dissipative systems with discrete appearance: anisotropy and spatial scaling", Interjournal for Complex Systems CX (Spring - 2006), 1653
Suteanu Cristian. "Complexity, science and the public: the geography of a new interpretation", The Complexity Turn, Special Issue of Theory, Culture & Society 22:5 (Spring - 2005), 113-140
Munteanu F, Ioana C, Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D. "Discriminating transient dynamics and critical states in active geodynamic areas", The active geodynamic zone of Vrancea, Romania, Bucharest, Publishing House of the Romanian Academy Bucharest, Publishing House of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2005), 147-156
Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D, Munteanu F. "The seismic activity in the Vrancea region in the light of the Events Thread analysis, in D.Zugravescu, C.Suteanu (eds.), The Active Geodynamic Zone of Vrancea", Publishing House of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2005), 103-110
Suteanu Cristian. "Contrasting views of natural hazards: geodynamics and the public perception of extreme environmental variability", The active geodynamic zone of Vrancea, Romania, Bucharest, Publishing House of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2005), 157-164
Suteanu Cristian. "On the processes of meaning in geodynamics. Implications of a nonlinear approach", Geodynamics - Outline of a Domain, Bucharest, Publishing House of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2004), 21-42
Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D. "Fractured rock structures – an approach to orientation dependent scaling properties", Geodynamics - Outline of a Domain, Publishing House of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2004), 155-160
Suteanu Cristian. "Characterization of anisotropy–scale relations for complex irregular structures", Fractals in Geotechnical Engineering, Berlin, Logos (Spring - 2004), 103-114
Suteanu C, Kruhl J. "Investigation of heterogeneous scaling intervals exemplified by sutured quartz grain boundaries", Fractals 10:4 (Spring - 2002), 435-449
Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D, Munteanu F. "Fractal approach of structuring by fragmentation", Pure and Applied Geophysics 157:4 (Spring - 2000), 539-557
Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D, Munteanu F. "Critical slip displacement along an active geodynamic fault: dynamics on the interface (in Romanian, with an English abstract)", Research in Geophysics (Studii si Cercetari de Geofizica) 35 (Spring - 1999), 1-12

Presentation

Suteanu Cristian. "Synergies in environmental information management – methodological applications regarding space-time variability in the atmosphere", Information Without Borders Conference 2015 - Information Management for Climate Change Adaptation (Winter - 2015)
Suteanu Cristian. "Symmetry in the wind: a methodology for data stream analysis with applications regarding climate and wind energy", Blue Box Seminars, Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies, SMU (Winter - 2015)
Suteanu Cristian. "A dynamic systems approach to streaming natural time series: boosting the effectiveness of data handling in the framework of Digital Earth ", 9th International Symposium on Digital Earth (Fall - 2015)
Suteanu Cristian. "Symmetry across scales: a symmetry-centered approach to the analysis of strongly variable natural patterns ", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2015)
Liucci L, Melelli L, Suteanu Cristian. "Cellular automata models applied to the study of landslide dynamics ", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2015)
Suteanu Cristian. "Symmetry in a big data: a new methodology and its theoretical and practical implications for Digital Earth", 9th International Symposium on Digital Earth (Fall - 2015)
Suteanu Cristian. "Contributions to a new methodological framework for the analysis of natural time series: implications for wind energy studies ", Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2015)
Liucci L, Suteanu Cristian, Melelli L. "Scaling regimes in landslide patterns: applications in the Umbria region (Italy)", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2015)
Suteanu Cristian. "Wind speed and direction variability evaluation in a multiscale perspective ", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2015)
Dobrica V, Suteanu Cristian, Stefan C, Pirloaga R, Demetrescu C. "Geoeffective solar variability influence on Northern Hemisphere surface temperature", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2014)
Suteanu Cristian, Ioana C. "Multi-parametric scale-range dependent variability evaluation of wind speed patterns,", Science and Solutions for a Sustainable Environment Conference (Winter - 2014)
Suteanu Cristian. "Temperature variability in the Arctic – methodological contributions to a debate", Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2014)
Suteanu Cristian. "Symmetry and scaling properties in natural time series - new tools for the detection and characterization of pattern change", High Performance Computing Symposium (Spring - 2014)
Suteanu Cristian. "Surface air temperature pattern variability in the Canadian Maritimes", 1st International Workshop on Econometric Applications in Climatology (Spring - 2013)
Suteanu Cristian. "A variable resolution transitions perspective on time series: applications regarding pattern change in surface air temperature records", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2013)
Suteanu Cristian, Dobrica V, Demetrescu C. "A comparative approach to surface air temperature patterns and pattern change", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2013)
Suteanu Cristian. "Temporal scale—resolution—variability relationships: methodological implications for time series analysis. Examples concerning surface air temperature variability", Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2013)
Suteanu Cristian. "Have air temperature patterns been changing?", 5th International Conference on Fractals and Dynamic Systems in Geoscience (Fall - 2013)
Suteanu M, Suteanu Cristian. "Volcano monitoring based on a re-interpretation of seismicity data", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2012)
Suteanu Cristian. "From IF to F: the role of clustering, classification and mapping for the information integration objectives of Digital Earth", Canadian Association of Geographers Conference (Spring - 2012)
Dobrica V, Suteanu Cristian, Demetrescu C. "Solar/geomagnetic signature in climate parameters. A comparative analysis of temperature evolution in Atlantic Canada and Central-Eastern Europe", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2012)
Suteanu Cristian, Dobrica V, Demetrescu C. "Space-time variability in scaling aspects of surface air temperature records", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2012)
Suteanu Cristian. "Scaling properties of surface air temperature patterns", Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2012)
Suteanu Cristian. "A discretization-hierarchization approach to information management -- implications for Digital Earth", Canadian Association of Information Sciences Conference (Spring - 2012)
Suteanu Cristian. "Laws, learning, and adaptation processes: implications for information management", 1st International Witten Seminar on Philosophy and Medicine and 3rd International Seminar on Biocosmology (Spring - 2012)
Suteanu Cristian. "Ponts de lumières: Traian Vuia, Constantin Brancusi et Mircea Eliade entre la Roumanie et la France", Journée internationale de la Francophonie (Winter - 2012)
Suteanu Cristian, Mandea M. "Long range correlations in daily atmospheric temperature time series in the Canadian Arctic: regional vs. local effects", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2012)
Horne P, Suteanu Cristian, van Proosdij D, Baker G. "Elevation-dependent multi-scale analysis of a complex inter-tidal zone", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2011)
Suteanu Cristian. "The geographical exploration of information processes", Second International Seminar on Biocosmology (Summer - 2011)
Suteanu Cristian. "Patterns and pattern change: from meanings to methods and back", School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, The University of New South Wales (Spring - 2011)
Suteanu Cristian. "Interdisciplinarity as a distinct approach to information – implications for teaching and learning", Crossing Boundaries 2011 Conference (Spring - 2011)
Suteanu Cristian. "Spatio-temporal aspects of surface air temperature variability patterns", Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (Summer - 2011)
Suteanu Cristian, Kruhl J. "Space-time pattern change identification and quantification: applications regarding volcanic seismicity", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2011)
Suteanu Cristian. "The city as a multiscale narrative: fruits of the tension between views from and towards Escher’s balcony", Cities, Cultures and Knowledge Societies: Signs and the City, Virtual INST World Conference (Fall - 2010)
Suteanu Cristian. "Challenges of time in space-time patterns: a scale-centred approach to health and environmental dynamics", Biostatistics and Epidemiology: Statistical Modelling of Environmental and Health Data (Spring - 2010)
Suteanu Cristian. "Scale as a key feature of variability expressed in natural time series", Sabba S. Stefanescu Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy (Spring - 2010)
Suteanu Cristian. "Multiscale variability patterns of atmospheric temperature in the Canadian Arctic", European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Spring - 2010)
Suteanu Cristian. "Infodynamics or managing the invisible: peculiar hazards of the information environment", Situating Science Knowledge Cluster, Atlantic Node, University of King’s College (Fall - 2010)
Suteanu Cristian. "Informational aspects of environmental pattern analysis", UNESCO Chair of Geodynamics (Spring - 2010)
Hori Y, Suteanu Cristian. "Multiscale evaluation of the space-time variability of temperature patterns in the Maritime Provinces of Canada", Atlantic Climate Change Conference (Winter - 2008)
Suteanu M, Suteanu Cristian. "Characterization of seismicity pattern change based on earthquake networks", Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America (Spring - 2008)
Suteanu Cristian. "Scale-sensitive quantification of pattern change in seismically active zones", Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America (Spring - 2008)
Horne P, Suteanu Cristian, Cretu E, Ioana C. "The dynamics of scaling aspects in earthquake patterns: from characterization to interpretation", Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America (Spring - 2008)
Suteanu Cristian. "Looking from inside: geosystem change identified in dynamic fingerprints", UNESCO Chair of Geodynamics and ‘Sabba S. Stefanescu’ Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy (Summer - 2007)
Suteanu Cristian, Kruhl J. "Spatial orientation and persistence variability in seismicity patterns related to volcanic activity in Hawaii: applications to hazard assessment", Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (Fall - 2007)
Suteanu Cristian. "Identical, similar, or self-affine – exploring changes of information manifestation", Fifth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (Summer - 2007)
Suteanu Cristian. "Multiscale analysis of patterns based on random pattern subsets", Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (Fall - 2007)
Suteanu Cristian. "Patterns of geohazards in the Atlantic Ocean: implications of spatial and temporal scales for the study of evolving correlations", 33rd Annual Atlantic Geoscience Society Colloquium and Annual General Meeting (Winter - 2007)
Suteanu Cristian. "Multiscale orientation-sensitive percolation analysis: a tool for the study of anisotropic pollution patterns in fractured rock", Environmental Research Symposium (Fall - 2006)
Suteanu C.. "The gift that never ends: synchronic and diachronic experience of signs in explorations of geographical environments", Second International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies (Spring - 2006)
Suteanu Cristian. "Analysis of changing patterns for the characterization of seismically active areas", Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (Fall - 2006)
Suteanu C. "Anisotropy and spatial scaling aspects in the dynamics of evolving dissipative systems with discrete appearance", International Conference on Complex Systems (Spring - 2006)
Suteanu C.. "Structural and dynamic anisotropy: a multiscale approach", Seminar of the UNESCO Chair of Geodynamics (Summer - 2005)
Suteanu C. "Environmental change patterns: identification and visual communication", International Seminar on Climate Change, UNESCO / Romanian Academy (Spring - 2005)
Suteanu Cristian. "Beyond traditional ecological knowledge: the roots of nonlinear thinking and their implications for the future of environmental management", 7th National Conference of the Canadian Aboriginal Science and Technology Society (CASTS) (Fall - 2005)
Suteanu Cristian, Ioana C. "Pattern identification in the dynamic fingerprint of seismically active zones", The 14th Meeting of the Association of European Geological Societies (Fall - 2005)
Suteanu Cristian. "Create and learn: the passion and the learning experience of functional modeling", The 8th Annual Dalhousie Conference on University Learning and Teaching "Involving Students in Their Own Learning" (Spring - 2004)
Suteanu C.. "Linking global and local approaches: are patterns the key to understanding climate change? ", Climate Change: Local Perspectives, Global Conditions, Co-operative Responses, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (Fall - 2004)
Suteanu Cristian. "A world like no other: learning through world-building processes", Atlantic Canada Association of Science Educators Conference (Summer - 2004)
Suteanu C.. "Quantification of pattern anisotropy", 4th International Conference on Fractals and Dynamic Systems in Geoscience (Spring - 2004)
Suteanu Cristian. "Teaching vs. training: How do we guide the students experiencing complexity?", 7th Annual Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning "Preserving and Adapting Core Values in the Contemporary University (Spring - 2003)
Suteanu Cristian. "Is complexity of concepts and method welcome in geography curricula? Why shouldn't we 'just' teach it?", The Teaching of Geography - Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (Fall - 2003)
Suteanu Cristian. "Not the same geoscience: sources and impacts of the change in geoscientific communication", Joint Meeting of the Atlantic Geoscience Society and the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (Winter - 2003)
Suteanu Cristian. "Close encounters of a new kind: Complexity is challenging the researcher and the teacher", The 8th Annual Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase (Fall - 2003)
Suteanu Cristian. "Internal dynamics and outer interactions of small islands: insights from computer simulations", International Conference Islands of the World VII (Spring - 2002)
Suteanu Cristian. "Evidence against a scale-free picture of natural hazards affecting small islands. Implications for hazard management strategies", International Conference Islands of the World VII (Spring - 2002)
Suteanu C.. "Information interpretation in geoscience", Technical University of Munich and Ludwig Maximilians University (Spring - 2001)
Suteanu C.. "Scaling and spatial orientation in geosystems analysis. Methods and application examples", University of British Columbia, Earth and Ocean Sciences (Fall - 2001)
Suteanu C.. "Highlights in solids fragmentation. Methods and results", Mirarco Mining Innovation Lectures (Fall - 2001)
Suteanu C.. "Multiparametric correlations in pattern analysis: New signs along an old path in geoscience?", University of Victoria (Fall - 2001)
Suteanu Cristian. "Storms that shift paradigms. Sailing into the sea of the unforeseen", International Workshop "Transformation of the Human Approach to a Changing Environment" (Summer - 2000)
Suteanu Cristian. "Multiscale environmental variability and public perception. NP2.06 Scaling and multifractal variability in geophysics: social needs and impacts", 25th General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society (Winter - 2000)
Suteanu C, Zugravescu D, Munteanu F. "Dynamics of rupture and comminution along active faults: Implications of structuring by fragmentation", European Geodynamics Mission (Spring - 2000)
Suteanu C, Zugravescu D, Munteanu F. "Dynamic multi-parametric characterization of seismogenic zones. Applications concerning the active geodynamic zone of Vrancea, Romania", European Geodynamics Mission (in French) (Spring - 2000)

Conference Proceedings

Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D. "Properties of complex fracture patterns. Implications for fracture networks modeling", Proceedings of the International Conference "Fractured Rock 2001" (2001 - 2001)
Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D, Munteanu F. "Anisotropic fracture networks: a new evaluation methodology", International Conference "2001 - An Earth Odyssey" (2001 - 2001)
Suteanu Cristian, Zugravescu D, Ioana C. "Fractured rock characterization: Scaling and angle distribution of percolation lengths", Proceedings of the International Conference "Fractured Rock 2001" (2001 - 2001)

Other Publications

Suteanu Cristian. "How not to control gravity: on the geographical flow of free lessons"
November 2005 (Winter - 2005)
Suteanu Cristian. "Fractal geometry based analysis of microfabrics: concepts and methods"
Lecture Notes, Technical University of Munich (Spring - 2000)

Service: Institutional Committees

Program development committee, Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture, 2014/03 - None (259)
Department representative, Faculty of Science Curriculum Committee, 2014/03 - None (260)
Department representative, Master of Science in Applied Science Committee, 2014/03 - None (261)
Member, SMU Student Disciplinary Appeal Board, 2014/03 - None (262)
SMU Senate Academic Planning Committee, Faculty representative and member of the Sub-committee on Senate Policy for Academic Program Review, 2014/03 - None (263)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Conference Organizer , Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 9th International Symposium on Digital Earth, Halifax, Canada, 5-9 October 2015 2015/01 - 2015/01
Conference Organizer , European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 12-17 April 2015. Session: NP1.5: Geocomplexity and Scales. Co-convener 2014/03 - 2014/03
Member of the Board of Directors and of the Research Committee , Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs 2014/03 - Present
Member of Board of Directors, Atlantic Centre for Green Chemistry 2014/03 - Present
Conference Organizer , European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 27 April – 2 May 2014. Session: NP3.1/CL6.12/SSS0.6: Scales, Scaling and Extremes in the Geosciences. Co-convener 2013/03 - 2013/03
Conference Organizer , Member of the Scientific Committee, 5th International Conference on Fractals and Dynamic Systems in Geoscience, Perugia, Italy, 26 September – 3 October 2013 2012/03 - 2012/03
Conference Organizer , European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2013. Session: NP3.2/AS4.17/GM6.6/HS7.7/SM1.7: Geocomplexity: patterns, processes, scaling and extremes in the geosciences (co-organized). Convener 2012/03 - 2012/03
Conference Organizer , 32nd International Geographical Congress, Cologne, Germany, 26-30 August 2012. Session: Geography, Complexity, and Information Dynamics: Addressing Real-World Challenges of the New Millennium. Chair 2011/04 - 2011/04
Conference Organizer , European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 3–8 April 2011. Session NP3.2. Geocomplexity: Patterns and Processes in the Geosciences. Convener 2010/03 - 2010/03