WFS and WMS layers are not appearing when connecting to servers. I am using QGIS 2.0 and am attempting to connect to: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=a0ae91856e3c450996d42d53474a1cad

The layers appear in the layer window but no data appears.


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I'm getting "200" type responses from their web server so it's sending and gives a valid GetCapabilities document.


But it looks like GetMap requests are sending nothing (ie, a blank image or no results to return for the bounding box requested). This is also seen when loading that layer into ArcGIS Online.

To me, what this suggests is that they have a WFS/WMS server running, but that server can't find data on their end (ie, maybe data changed location on the servers hard disk or they have some funky url rewriting going on - could be a simple fix, but they need to be made aware).

I would let the data maintainer know of this issue so it can be looked in to.

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    you may need to zoom in to see anything if it is scale dependant
    – Ian Turton
    Jan 10, 2014 at 12:58
  • @iant +1, that's something to look at too!
    – SaultDon
    Jan 10, 2014 at 14:30
  • You just need to read the GetCap. response to see that scale laying is in force.
    – nmtoken
    Sep 24, 2018 at 16:38

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