ArcticRIMS Site Tour
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I create an animation of Arctic-RIMS gridded data?
The animation of Arctic-RIMS gridded data sets can be
achieved via the animation tool available through the Arctic-RIMS
Data Explorer interface. Access to the Arctic-RIMS Data Explorer
interface can be found under the "Data" button link off of the main
Arctic-RIMS web page.
Animations of gridded data sets are displayed within the Map
Display Window on the Arctic-RIMS Data Explorer interface and are
accessed via the Animation Tool which can be found in the lower right
hand corner of the interface when time series data are loaded in the
interface (See: Tour/How do I create a map of Arctic-RIMS gridded data?).
The animation tool is hidden from the interface when static non-time
series, single layer data sets such as elevation or soil layers
are loaded within the interface. Time series data sets appropriate
for animation can be animated over the full temporal range of the
data or over a user input temporal range. Some of these data sets
include precipitation, radiation, runoff, snow cover, snow water
equivalent, temperature, vapor pressure, wind direction and wind
speed. Users should be cautioned that when the Arctic-RIMS Data
Explorer interface is first opened there will be no animation tool
present because the default data set within the interface is
elevation, a static non-time series data set. Data can be displayed
and later animated within the Map Display Window within the Data
Explorer interface as either a map product, a map product displaying
data anomalies, or as a histogram by choosing one of three redraw
radio buttons found directly above the Map Display Window respectively.
Users can animate the full temporal extent of their chosen data set by
simply clicking on the Start Animation button in the Animation tool.
If a user chooses to alter the temporal range of the animation the user
must first alter the From and To fields within the animation tool before
clicking the Start Animation button. Once all of the data of a chosen data
range has been loaded into the Map Display Window users can alter the
speed of the animation by choosing the "Faster" or "Slower" buttons that
appear on the Animation Tool. Once an animation is started the Start
Animation button changes into a Stop Animation button and user can apply
the button when they wish to cease the animation. Chosen temporal data
ranges can also be displayed as a time series graph by clicking on the
"Time Series Graph for above Dates" button.
In addition to allowing for the display of animation data, the Animation
tool also allows users to display a single time slice. Users can do
this by entering their chosen temporal time slice in the fields under
the "Get Single Image" button. Once this data is entered a simple
click of the "Get Single Image" button will retrieve this data slice
and display it within the Map Display Window. Once loaded, users have
the option to toggle through previous or next time slices within the
time series by clicking on the "Previous" or "Next" buttons respectively.