WMSTime Layer

c2cgeoportal supports WMS Time layers.

When the time is enabled for a layer group, a slider is added to this group in the layer tree which enables changing the layer time.


Most of the configuration is automatically extracted from the mapfile. But there is also some configuration to do in the administration interface.


In the mapfile, a WMS Time layer is configured with the help of the layer metadata:

  • wms_timeextent
  • wms_timeitem
  • wms_timedefault

c2cgeoportal uses the wms_timeextent to configure the slider. Two different formats are supported to define the time:

  • min/max/interval
  • value1,value2,value3,...

The format min/max/interval allows specifying a time range by giving a start date, an end date and an interval between the time stops.

The format value1,value2,value3,... allows specifying a time range by listing discrete values.

The dates (min, max and valueN) could be specified using any of the following formats:

  • YYYY
  • YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSTZ (TZ is an optional timezone, i.e. “Z” or “+0100”)

The format used for the dates in the mapfile determines both the resolution used for the slider and the format of the time parameter used for the GetMap requests. For example when a layer has monthly data, the YYYY-MM should be used in the mapfile to make sure that only months and years are displayed in the slider tip and passed to the GetMap request.

The interval (interval) has to be defined regarding international standard ISO 8601 and its duration/time intervals definition (see ISO 8601 Durations / Time intervals).

Some examples for the interval definition:

  • An interval of one year: P1Y
  • An interval of six months: P6M

Admin interface

Most of the configuration is done in the mapfile as described in the above section. However the slider time mode must be configured via the admin interface.

The slider time mode is one of:

  • single
  • range
  • disabled

The single mode is used to display a slider with a single thumb. The WMS Time layer will display data that are relative to the time selected by the thumb.

The range mode is used to display a slider with two thumbs. In such a case, the layer will display data that are relative to the range defined by the two thumbs.

The disabled mode allows hidding the slider. No time parameter will be sent to the GetMap request in such a case.

Merging configurations

The previous section describes the time configuration for a single layer. However there could be multiple WMS Time layers in a group. In such a case, you need to be aware of some limitations that apply to the configuration of the WMS Time layers of the same group.

Some of those limitations apply to the mapfile:

  • The WMS Time layers of a same group must all be configured with either a list of discrete values or an interval. It is not possible to mix the 2 different types of definition within the same group,
  • If the WMS Time layers of a group use the min/max/interval, they must all use the same interval.

There is also a limitation that applies to the admin interface: all the WMS Time layers of a group should be configured to use the same time mode (single or range) except for layers with time mode disabled that can be mixed within others.

Default values

If you need to get the default WMS-time values, you must make sure to use OWSLib 0.8.3 and Python 2.7.

To use the OWSLib 0.8.3, add the following lines in the buildout.cfg file:

OWSLib = 0.8.3
PIL = 1.1.7
cov-core = 1.7
pytest-cov = 1.6
python-dateutil = 2.1
coverage = 3.7
py = 1.4.19
pytest = 2.5.1

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