Web Map Service (WMS) provides visualization of publicly accessible geospatial information from Web-based sources.Web Map Service (WMS) servers follow a standard developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.® (OGC) and provide access to a wealth of geospatial information. With maps from WMS servers, you can:
Use any publicly available WMS data
Easily adjust colors and styles to more clearly display information
Update your map to reflect the most recent data
Share your map with others
Mapping Toolbox™ software simplifies the process of WMS map creation by using a stored database of WMS servers. You can search the database for layers and servers that are of interest to you.
As an example, the WMS Global Mosaic map (on the left) displays data from Landsat7 satellite scenes. The Ozone Effect on Global Warming map (on the right) displays data from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) computer model study.
Learn about common terms encountered when working with Web Map Service (WMS), such as layers, capabilities documents, and WMS servers.
To create a WMS map, search the WMS database for useful servers and layers, request the most recent data of an interesting layer, and display the data.
The WMS Database released with the Mapping Toolbox includes over 1,000 stored WMS servers and over 100,000 layers. You can search this database for specific fields.
Refine your search by text or geographic limits to quickly find the most relevant layers.
This example shows how to synchronize a layer found in the WMS Database with the WMS source server.
This example shows how to modify the geographic extent and time of the requested map.
In most cases, you can retrieve a map from a WMS server by providing a layer or map request URL .
This example shows how to save your favorite layers for easy access in the future.
This example shows how to explore other layers in a WMS server.
This example shows how to search for layers by using your Web browser.
These examples show how to merge multiple layers from one WMS server into a single raster map
These examples show how to create maps of the same geographic region at different times and view them as a movie.
This example shows how to display NEXRAD radar images over a backdrop from the Geostationary Satellite.
These examples show how to retrieve a quantitative data grid and how to display it as a surface, rather than as an image.
This example shows how to render a map in a non-image format.
You can host your own WMS server and share the maps you create with others.
Investigate common WMS server errors and suggested workarounds.