Map-based modelling for integrated water resources management

Analyse alternative designs and management policies to improve the performance of integrated river basin systems with this versatile decision support tool.


Quickly establish an easy-to-understand water usage model of your basin

Forget about having to import bathymetric river data. Begin analysing results sooner with MIKE HYDRO Basin’s data-efficient design that includes default parameter files and built-in routines for rapid delineation of rivers and sub-catchments at user-specified resolution.
Delineate rivers and catchments from a digital elevation model in one-click

Benefit from straightforward mapping of real-world river basin management to an efficient network modelling framework

Analyse availability, use and regulation of your water resources

Support the delicate balance between water availability and demand by creating large-scale, multi-year simulations. MIKE HYDRO Basin offers the same extensive selection of conceptual hydrological models as MIKE HYDRO River accounting for all main processes and phases of the hydrological cycle. This allows users to incorporate runoff from ungauged catchments, assess aquifer recharge, evaluate climate change impacts and analyse performance of proposed or existing infrastructure.

Make real-time decisions to support dam operations and flood mitigation

Predict inflows, improve flood operation management and plan production and releases during the coming hours, days and seasons to optimise reservoir operations and hydropower decision-making. Move from reactive to proactive operations with information at your fingertips by combining MIKE HYDRO Basin’s simulation of power generation, water allocation, water accounting, crop water demand and reservoir/river conditions with MIKE OPERATIONS’ handling of real-time hydrological observations and forecasted meteorology.
Real-Time Inflow Forecast System for Hydropower Generation – Upper Maule Basin – Chile
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Take a look at the enhanced Control Rules features for advanced water allocation

Simulate a priority water allocation system using explicit control rules

By enabling the configuration of control rules at nodes and reservoirs, MIKE HYDRO Basin users can now control flow at river nodes, define complex water user rules and even impose a deficit on an upstream water user to satisfy a demand for downstream water user. You can also force a reservoir release to meet demand at a downstream location not directly connected to a reservoir as part of a basin-scale reservoir operation simulation.

MIKE HYDRO Basin empowers decision making for these professionals

Water Resources Planners and Managers

Perform climate change impact assessments, investigate alternatives and explore conjunctive groundwater and surface water usage to address water allocation and shortage concerns.

Reservoir Operation and Hydropower Managers

Optimise reservoir and hydropower operations to improve energy production and flood operations through real-time decision support for short-term as well as long-term horizons.

Irrigation Managers

Predict demand and improve performance by analysing water balance, local infiltration and groundwater recharge, plus the effects on other basin water users. Enhance annual cropping planning by the inclusion of knowledge on the actual water availability and its likely development during the season.

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Featured software subscription package

Hydrology and Hydraulics

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

Additional capabilities & unique features

Save time and improve your modelling workflows using MIKE Zero’s upgraded editors and viewers. Take advantage of new keyboard shortcuts and themes, improved tabbing, tear off and cascade functionality plus easier access to User Guides and Scientific Documentation.

MIKE Zero, DHI’s fully Windows integrated graphical user interface, is now better than ever! Enjoy easy access to new MIKE Cloud applications and Cloud-enhanced functionality, plus an extended set of MIKE tools within theme-based (rather than product-based) interactive workflows. Ensure important model components such as sources and structures stay at the forefront with a new interactive, customisable floating mapping window. Lastly, the updated tabbing functionality will help you work in a more organised and efficient manner.

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

Account for the flow routing through larger river basins with the River Routing module that allows you to calculate overall hydraulics and water levels in the various river branches.

Develop a greater understanding of water consumption by representing the water withdrawal behaviour of two types of water users: irrigation and regular water users such as municipalities and industrial.

Develop optimal irrigation strategies to obtain maximum crop yield without water spillage and the incurrence of water deficits using the powerful Irrigation module. Users can also run irrigation scenarios for additional insight as to how different crops are affected by crop stress.

Understand the amount of water available for soil evaporation and crop transpiration at any time with the Soil module which enables users to track water flow between different layers in a soil profile as well as the time-varying water content in each layer.

Perform advanced hydropower simulations to analyse existing systems or evaluate the feasibility of new developments with the Hydropower module which enables the calculation of conveyance, head losses, tail water level and backwater effects from cascading reservoirs.

With the Reservoir module, users can simulate the performance of specified operating policies for individual reservoirs. Define desired storage volumes, water levels and releases at any time as a function of current water level, the time of the year, demand for water and losses and gains. In addition, reservoir releases in all types of reservoirs (Lakes, Rule Curve and Pool Allocation) can be controlled for flood mitigation by one or more outlets for each connected node.

While not considered a sediment transport model, users can still route sediment through a river network and calculate the potential deposits of sediment in the reservoirs using a specialised Reservoir Sedimentation module.

Extend the capabilities of MIKE HYDRO Basin even further by developing your own tools with MIKE SDK. Use the APIs to embed the engine into your own code or decision support system.

The Global Ranking feature provides users with the ability to prioritise water allocation to water users, hydropower plants and reservoirs independently of their geographical location in the river basin.

With the Rainfall-Runoff module, you can accurately calculate total runoff surface flow in addition to its percolation to groundwater.

      • NAM: Simulate overland flow, interflow and baseflow components as a function of the moisture contents in four storages with this lumped, conceptual rainfall-runoff model.
      • UHM: Estimate storm runoff using this Unit Hydrograph Model which includes different loss models (constant, proportional) and the SCS method.

Autocal provides users with easy to use auto-calibration tools to save time when configuring your Rainfall-Runoff model.

Represent the important interaction of groundwater and surface water in the Basin by accounting for groundwater recharge, groundwater discharge, seepage (from irrigation fields, rivers, reservoirs and canals) and impacts of groundwater pumping on the groundwater levels and river flows.

Water quality simulations can be run using standard, predefined MIKE ECO Lab templates or adjusted to user-defined templates for custom water quality models.

Using the Load Calculator, you can determine the amount of pollutants absorbed in the flow paths through catchments and groundwater towards a river network. Specify different pollutant sources related to farming, agriculture, or industrial activities including animal or human waste, sewage sources or fertiliser. Users can also model distance specific decay or the retention of pollutants.

The Map View is the focal point of each MIKE HYDRO Basin model session. It can be customised to suit individual preferences and requirements and offers a variety of configuration options. For example, you can visualise background maps (e.g. Google Maps), background layers (shape files, raster and images) as well as Digital Elevation Models.

The detailed outputs from MIKE HYDRO Basin offer an easy-to-understand overview of scenario results, such as water usage, water allocation deficit, generated power, reservoir releases, water losses and mass balance.

In situations where you need to check model results against measurements made downstream, users can create calibration plots at any point in a river network.

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