I have a GeoServer (2.10.0) instance into which I have loaded some GeoTiff files, one per timestep, using the ImageMosaic plugin. I can query them with standard WMS requests with the parameter TIME=yyyy-mm-dd. The relevant data is quite sparse and I have created an SLD style which renders the background data as transparent.

What I would like is to pass a string such as TIME=2013-01-01/2015-01-01 and have all of the images which fall within that time range returned and layered on top of one another. What happens is that I get the latest image in that time range returned. Is what I want to do possible with GeoServer, and if so how can I enable it?

EDIT: After further investigation it appears the GeoServer is layering the data, but:

  • The background data value in the GeoTIFF is zero and NullValues in the Coverage Band details is set to zero, as is BackgroundValues
  • Despite this, large regions of background data from the latest time are obscuring all the data from the earlier times
  • The regions of no data, once layered and obscuring older data are then correctly rendered as transparent (as defined in the SLD style)
  • I can't set the InputTransparentColor (or OutputTransparentColor), I think because the GeoTIFF is not RGB. If I try, I get:

    org.geotools.data.DataSourceException: Unable to create this mosaic java.lang.IllegalStateException: Unsupported data type.

So I think the problem is now that when using the ImageMosaic plugin, I cannot configure the value 0 to correspond to missing data properly.

I have tested all 16 combinations of:

  • MergeBehaviour: FLAT or STACK
  • BackgroundValues: 0 or empty
  • Coverage Band Null Values: 0 or empty
  • Coverage Band minRange: 0 or 1 (the values in the GeoTiff range from 0-4, with 0 representing no data)

None of these 16 combinations work. Any ideas?

  • I'm not entirely sure I understand the structure of your raster data, so this might not be appropriate, but have you considered using a WCS instead of a WMS? That would certainly allow you to query according to a time axis, see gis.stackexchange.com/questions/177305/… for an example of such a query.
    – nmtoken
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 19:30

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It might be a configuration issue. Here is a sample that does apparently what you asked for, first link, only latest images (last month, configured to have "P1M/PRESENT" as the default time value):


second link with range, all images in specified range:


The layer in question is a image mosaic with time dimension enabled:

enter image description here

  • Thanks - I tried this which led me to investigate further. GeoServer is now layering the images, but the problem is that missing data is obscuring valid data - see the recent edit.
    – Guy G
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 10:36

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