Imagery layers have no image properties or time - how to simulate Google Earth

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09-03-2021 10:19 AM
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DougBrowning
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I found a few old posts but no answers.  I must be missing something.

Our crews keep going back to Google Earth to view historical imagery.  We really want to keep them in Arc but I cannot seem to come close to replicating how Earth works.

Tried ArcGIS Earth and nothing there at all.

Tried the https://livingatlas.arcgis.com/wayback but the interface is terrible.  No simple time slider just lists of imagery.  Even using it you have to pick out specific years then make a map.  Why is this not time slider enabled?

Some posts show imagery settings like this using NAIP.  But here there is no Enable Time settings at all.  Why?

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The imagery layers in both basemap and as a layer do not have any of this.

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Landsat has it but that is so course and it does not even work.  Sentinel 2 no Time settings either.  And no way to go backwards which is weird.

ArcScene cannot seem to even get close to any of this.

Does anyone have a way here?  Why is this not built in like Google Earth - they have had it for like a decade.  I would prefer this in 3D but will take any idea at this point. 

Thanks for any ideas.

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David_Brooks
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@DougBrowning this sounds more like an idea to me. ESRI will have a historic cache of data for their imagery service. If they could time enable an image service from a composite mosaic dataset, we'd get the same behaviour as the GE historic imagery slider. 

I suppose it will still be limited to ESRIs poor quality imagery compared with Google's more premium archive that has a shorter update frequency and is generally crisper 


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