Comprehensive river network modelling

Simulate river hydraulics, water quality, sediment transport, flooding and forecasting as well as catchment dynamics and runoff in one versatile modelling platform.

Why MIKE HYDRO River?

Perform comprehensive, fully dynamic river network modelling

Successor of the well-known MIKE 11, MIKE HYDRO River allows you to carry out flood analyses, investigate flood alleviation options and tackle hydraulic design within river networks, including canal systems and operational structures. Benefit from the flexibility of tailoring your river models to specific project requirements with add-on modules. For more complex hydraulic systems, couple your river model with MIKE URBAN+ and MIKE 21 through MIKE FLOOD or any OpenMI compliant modelling software.

Accurately model any type of river with MIKE HYDRO River

Precisely estimate the runoff in you catchment by selecting the right Rainfall-Runoff model for your domain

Accurately calculate catchment runoff with varying hydrological properties

With the Rainfall-Runoff module (RR), you can estimate inflow to rivers and reservoirs, and create runoff impact assessments to perform climate change analyses as well as support long-term water resources planning. Couple runoff and hydrodynamic simulations using MIKE SHE for advanced modelling of land use change, overland flow, soil water and groundwater processes. Also, account for groundwater leakage directly or couple with FEFLOW to represent more complex processes such as the impact of groundwater abstraction on base flow.

Work smarter with an intuitive user interface

Boost the efficiency of your river modelling with MIKE HYDRO River’s modern, map-based and highly intuitive graphical user interface. Prepare your models and investigate results in no time. Improve the quality of communication with your stakeholders by presenting 1D results in 2D maps (based on a Digital Elevation Model).

Intuitive and comprehensive User Interface to save you valuable time 

Use our latest generation 1-dimensional engine for complex and fast simulations

Run complex river network simulations with a powerful new engine

Benefit from unsurpassed flexibility, robustness and an array of features – thanks to the Hydrodynamic (HD) engine that offers a fully dynamic solution to the 1D St. Venant equations. Operate gates, pumps and turbines with extreme versatility and simplify channel routing using specialised hydraulic routing options. The HD module can be decoupled from the Advection-Dispersion module for fast water quality simulations. Plus, the ability to automatically adapt to subcritical and supercritical flow ensures an accurate estimate of the conditions in your river.

MIKE HYDRO River supports decision making for these professionals

River Engineering & Flood Control

Conduct flow field and flood studies of river channels and adjacent floodplains. Forecast the impact of bridge, tunnel and pipeline crossings on river channel hydraulics and morphology. Prepare design criteria for river training works in terms of flow velocities, flow depths, scour depths, bank line retreat rates and shoaling. Carry out hazard/risk assessments, mitigation planning plan developments and test designs options.

Reservoir Operation & Hydropower

Develop robust control strategies for river and reservoir management. Model highly regulated canal systems and manage canal operations. Optimise the operation of your reservoirs for better flood and drought protection and improved hydropower production. Define complex structure operations and compare different operational strategies.

Water Resources & Watershed Management

Create integrated hydrological and hydraulic assessments for long-term water resources analyses and planning. Perform flood analyses and flood alleviation design studies, runoff impact assessments for land use changes and climate change scenario analyses.

Wetland Management & Restoration

Deliver water quality assessments, investigate salinity intrusion in rivers and estuaries, quantify wetland functions, understand sediment transport and make long-term assessments of river morphology changes. These capabilities allow you to define restoration plans for habitat environments in channel floodplains.

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Featured software subscription package

Hydrology and Hydraulics

This affordable subscription package includes all modules of MIKE HYDRO River, MIKE SHE and MIKE HYDRO Basin – comprehensive and well-established tools for modelling hydrology and hydraulics.

Additional capabilities & unique features

Water quality in rivers and other surface water bodies are increasingly threatened by human activity such as pollution, changes in land use, poor water treatment, inefficient operation of regulation systems and recreational activities. Users can simulate the transport and spreading of conservative pollutants using the Advection Dispersion add-on module and include linear decay options. For more advanced water quality issues such as heat balance, bacteria growth and eutrophication, MIKE ECO Lab provides all the flexibility required to analyse environmental conditions in rivers, canals and reservoirs and investigate remediation strategies.

The Sediment Transport add-on module enables the modelling of cohesive and non-cohesive sediment dynamics to investigate a wide range of issues including sediment transport, sediment remobilisation in polluted streams, river morphology, erosion and deposition of uniform and mixed sediments. Users can also calculate morphological changes of river bed bathymetry and bed sediment composition. Whether you perform long-term simulations of morphological changes in rivers or rapid assessment of sediment dynamics in larger river systems, MIKE HYDRO River can help. Optimise dredging maintenance for improved navigation and better manage sediment in rivers and reservoirs for restoration projects with available transport models for fine, cohesive sediments such as clay and silt, non-cohesive sediments such as sand, gravel and boulders, as well as mixed sediments.

Rivers are increasingly controlled and the optimum operation of structures can be a challenging task. With the Structure Operation module, you can simulate operational structures such as sluices, overflow and radial gates as well as pumps and turbines from user-defined operation strategies and rules.

Calibration of models can be a tedious and time consuming task. The Automatic Calibration (AUTOCAL) module allows users to find the best values for a wide range of parameters, including RR parameters, Manning numbers, head loss coefficients and water quality.

The combination of climate change and aging infrastructures makes dam breaks an increasingly important risk – therefore proper understanding of associated hazards is crucial. MIKE HYDRO River provides various methods for simulating dam breaches from an initial dam geometry. This includes modes for soil erosion failures or user-defined breaches.

The ability to forecast floods based on observed and forecast data is vital in a world where global warming is increasing the likelihood of more extreme events. Elevate your model to a full-fledged flood forecasting system with the Data Assimilation (DA) module. This enables MIKE HYDRO River to assimilate data from a gauging station, continuously update your model state during simulation with Kalman filter and carry out uncertainty assessments.

When embedded in MIKE OPERATIONS (or other industry standard flood forecasting platforms), your model becomes a valuable tool to mitigate and prepare for flood events. MIKE HYDRO River can also be used to accurately forecast droughts, reservoir inflow and water quality or to optimise dam and structural operations.

For complex studies that require integrated modelling, couple MIKE HYDRO River with other cutting edge software in the MIKE Powered by DHI suite. For example, couple MIKE HYDRO River with FEFLOW to consider the interaction with groundwater or with MIKE 21 / MIKE URBAN+ (through MIKE FLOOD) to better understand how your rivers interact with surrounding flood areas and the urban environment. Connect MIKE HYDRO River with MIKE SHE to step back and consider the wider watershed and hydrological cycle in your catchment.

Extend the capabilities of MIKE HYDRO River even further by developing your own tools with MIKE SDK. Create custom scripts (or tap into DHI’s open source library) to load and execute your own logic with the MIKE 1D engine. Integrate MIKE HYDRO River in third party modelling software using OpenMI.

You can now access MIKE HYDRO River on Azure Marketplace, where you can start modelling in the cloud with no hardware limitation in four simple steps. Learn more

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