The RS MINERVE software platform simulates the rainfall-runoff processes and streamflow routing. The tool is based on object-oriented programming and allows hydrologic and hydraulic modeling according to a semi-distributed conceptual scheme. In addition to particular hydrologic processes such as snowmelt, glacier melt, surface and underground flow due to infiltration, hydraulic control elements, for example gates, spillways, diversions, junctions, turbines and pumps are also incorporated.
Different hydrological models are available in the software, such as HBV (“Hydrologiska Byråns Vattenbalansavdelning”), GR4J (“Génie Rural à 4 paramètres Journalier”), SAC-SMA (“Sacramento Soil Moisture Accounting”), SOCONT ((“Soil Contribution”) or GSM ((“Glacier Snow Melt”). For the river propagation, Lag-Time, Kinematic Wave, Muskingum-Cunge and St-Venant schemes are implemented.
The RS Expert module, containing different plugins, enables in-depth evaluation of hydrologic and hydraulic results. The automatic calibration with different algorithms, such as the SCE-UA, calculates the best set of hydrological parameters depending on a user-defined objective function. Time-slice simulation facilitates the analysis of large data sets without overloading the computer memory. Scenario simulation introduced the possibility of simulating multiple weather scenarios or several sets of parameters and initial conditions to study the variability and sensitivity of the model results. Other plugins, personalized by the user, can be also added to RS MINERVE software.
RS MINERVE software, available for Windows 7 or newer, is freely distributed. In addition to the research center CREALP and the engineering office HydroCosmos SA, which currently develop RS MINERVE, two universities (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Universitat Politècnica de València) and the Hydro10 Association complement and enhance the development of RS MINERVE.