Time-aware data

You can add a time-aware layer to a map when the data layer contains temporal values, such as data and time fields. Add a time-aware layer to the map and enable a time animation to show how patterns in the data change over time.


This functionality is available only for ArcGIS feature layers or layers created using your  data.

For example, this animated image depicts a map with time-enabled data of bridges in the United States from 1800 to 2018. For more information, see The secret life of bridges story.

Animated time-aware map

Time animations show how features in a dataset change over time based on location or a data attribute's value. These typically involve a time slider, allowing you to explore moments of time or time windows.

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