Visualizing temporal data can help you step through your data in a temporal sequence and see the patterns or trends that emerge in your data over time. In ArcMap, ArcGlobe, or ArcScene, you can enable time properties on your data and visualize it using a simple time slider that changes the data in the display or in a graph through time.
Why visualize data through time
There are many reasons you might want to visualize data through time, such as the following:
- Exploring historic patterns in data, such as population or land-use changes
- Tracking hurricane paths and other meteorological events
- Mapping the progression of a wildfire or a flood
- Examining change in ozone through elevation levels
- Visualizing changes in the occurrence of a disease over time
How to visualize temporal data
Any supported layer or table can be visualized over time by following the steps below:
Enable time on data—Once added in ArcMap, ArcGlobe, or ArcScene, a layer can be time enabled by setting the time properties of your layer on the Time tab of the Layer Properties dialog box.
Use Time Slider—Time Slider allows you to step through the time-enabled datasets in ArcMap, ArcGlobe, and ArcScene.