Viewing a series of rasters according to a timeline usually ends with turning on/off the layers to produce the desired visual affect. This process, along with many other techniques for looking at data over time, has been fairly challenging.
In ArcGIS 10, the ability to time-enable spatial data has opened a whole new dimension to the visualization of information.
Imagery, temperature and precipitation are just a few examples that can be placed into a mosaic dataset or raster catalog to represent a change over time. The following example enables time on a mosaic dataset. However, similar steps can be followed to activate time on a raster catalog.
Preparing your data:
1. Create a new mosaic dataset and add in the rasters.