Using the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem dashboard I created a New Configuration that I am able to visualize on Folium using Python.

How can I specify an absolute timestamp? I want to visualize a specific date that can be selected programatically and not the most recent one. Here is my code:

m = folium.Map()
url = "https://sh.dataspace.copernicus.eu/ogc/wms/d9b6faf8-52af-...9"
w = folium.raster_layers.WmsTileLayer(url=url,
                                      name="Natural color",

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  • How does the WMS GetCapabilities response describe the time dimension?
    – nmtoken
    Sep 5 at 13:42
  • @nmtoken How can I check that? I know that plugins.TimestampedWmsTileLayers recognises the time dimension and that the time must be described according to TIME=2020-09-18T00:00:00.0Z/2020-09-19T00:00:00.0Z Sep 5 at 13:51
  • https://sh.dataspace.copernicus.eu/ogc/wms/d9b6faf8-52af-...9?service=WMS&request=GetCapabilities&
    – nmtoken
    Sep 5 at 13:53
  • <Dimension name="time" units="ISO8601"/> <Extent name="time" default="2023-09-05">1984-03-01/2023-09-05/P1D</Extent> Sep 5 at 13:56
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    so adding time="1984-03-01" to your parameters should work, P1D tells you that the period resolution is one day
    – nmtoken
    Sep 5 at 14:12

1 Answer 1


Add the name of the dimension (as described in the GetCapabilities response) to the list of parameters.

So if the GetCapabilities response gives:

<Dimension name="time" units="ISO8601"/>
<Extent name="time" default="2023-09-05">1984-03-01/2023-09-05/P1D</Extent>

then use a time string in the format YYYY-MM-DD, like time="1984-03-01"

P1D tells you that the time period resolution is one day.

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