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Web Map Service

Retrieve map data from Web Map Service (WMS) servers

Functions

wmsfind Search local database for Web map servers and layers
wmsinfo Information about WMS server from capabilities document
wmsread Retrieve WMS map from server
wmsupdate Synchronize WMSLayer object with server

Classes

WebMapServer Web map server object
WMSCapabilities Web Map Service capabilities object
WMSLayer Web Map Service layer object
WMSMapRequest Web Map Service map request object

Examples and How To

Basic Workflow for Creating WMS Maps

This example shows the basic workflow for creating a WMS map.

Search the WMS Database

The WMS Database released with the Mapping Toolbox™includes over 1,000 stored WMS servers and over 100,000 layers.

Refine Your Search

Refine your search by text or geographic limits to quickly fine the most relevant layers.

Update Your Layer

This example shows how to synchronize your layer with the WMS source server.

Save Your Favorite Servers

This example shows how to save your favorite layers for easy access in the future.

Explore Other Layers using a Capabilities Document

This example shows how to explore other layers in a WMS server.

Search for Layers Outside the Database

This example shows how to search for layers by using your Web browser.

Retrieve Your Map

This example demonstrates two methods to retrieve a map from a WMS server.

Modify Your Map Request

This example shows how to modify the geographic extent and time of the requested map.

Overlay Multiple Layers

These examples show how to merge multiple layers from one WMS server into a single raster map

Animating Data Layers

These examples show how to create maps of the same geographic region at different times and view them as a movie.

Display Animation of Radar Images over GOES Backdrop

This example shows how to display NEXRAD radar images over a backdrop from the Geostationary Satellite.

Retrieve Elevation Data from Web Map Server

These examples show how to retrieve a quantitative data grid and how to display it as a surface, rather than as an image.

Write WMS Images to a KML File

This example shows how to render a map in a non-image format.

Concepts

Introduction to Web Map Service

Web Map Service (WMS) provides visualization of widely accessible geospatial information from Web-based sources.

Host Your Own WMS Server

You can host your own WMS server and share the maps you create with others.

Troubleshoot WMS Servers

Investigate common WMS server errors and suggested workarounds.

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