IHACRES is a catchment-scale rainfall-streamflow modelling methodology whose purpose is to characterise the dynamic relationship between rainfall and streamflow, using rainfall and temperature (or potential evaporation) data, and to predict streamflow.
The model can be applied over a range of spatial and temporal scales - from small experimental catchments to basins; using minute, daily or monthly timesteps. It can be used to fill gaps in data, extend streamflow records, as well as explore the impact of climate change and identify effects of land use changes.
IHACRES stands for Identification of unit Hydrographs And Component flows from Rainfall, Evaporation and Streamflow data.
IHACRES has been successfully applied worldwide for catchments of different sizes and under different climate conditions (from 1 ha experimental catchments to 100,000 sq km catchments (the Thames River in the UK and the Avon River catchment in Western Australia)).
A number of worked examples are distributed with the product, including a calibrated model for the Murrindindi River catchment (104 sq km) in Victoria, Australia.
The earlier PC-WINDOWS version (IHACRES v1, now referred to as IHACRES Classic) has been extensively used in surface water hydrology applications. The core of the model consists of a non-linear loss module that converts rainfall into effective rainfall, and a linear routing module that converts effective rainfall into streamflow.
IHACRES v2 (known as IHACRES Classic Plus) is a (Java) re-development of IHACRES v1. It retains all the original features, plus: