Time-aware data

You can add a time-aware layer to a map that contains a data layer with temporal data, such as date and time information connected to a geographic location. When the data layer contains temporal values, 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, the following time-aware map uses active road bridges built year by year:

Animated time-aware map
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.

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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