Creativity and water resources. Theory and stimulation

K. Akhoundi*, J. C. Santamarina

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An attempt was made to assess the evolution of the water resources field. First, the most significant scientific advancements in the field since 2000 BC until early 1900 AD were listed (e.g., Grun, 1979, and Rouse, 1976); then a simple evaluation was selected, enforcing a mapping onto a linear 1-10 scale, where 10 characterized the most important contributions. A cumulative plot of this 'contribution index' vs time, between 1400 AD and 1900 AD, is given. This subjective quantification facilitates the visualization of the fast evolution of water resources during the XVIII and XIX centuries, after a relatively calm period. Today, this field is perceived at a technological plateau once again; this is an 'old science' ready for a new era. Undertaking this step will require a major infusion of energy and creativity. Introspection into one's processes and the analysis of creative individuals show that creative productivity depends primarily on: (1) the depth and breadth of information in the individual's knowledge base, referred to as information, (2) his capacity for unrestricted thinking, referred to as 'freewheeling', and (3) the particular creative attitude, which permeates through the personalities of creative individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWater Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources
EditorsJerry L. Anderson
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0872628051
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 18th Annual Conference and Symposium - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: May 20 1991May 22 1991


OtherProceedings of the 18th Annual Conference and Symposium
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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