I am looking for an alternative tool (proprietary or FOSS) that matches the functionality of Temporal Analyst for ArcGIS by DHI Software. The best I could get was the QGIS plugin Time Manager whose functionality I perceive is more for visualisation than analytical (similar to esri's Time Slider.)

[Data Analysis - the Temporal Analyst for ArcGIS offers a suite of tools for data analysis and processing, incl. basic statistics and arithmetics, time step resampling, gapfiling, distribution and CDF plots, duration curves, double mass and double scatter.]

I am not a statistician nor hardcore developer so the more the "point and click" I can get the better.


Maybe Multitemporal Multivariate data visualization plugin for QGIS is closer to what you're looking for.

Screenshot: http://www.bernawebdesign.ch/byteblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/multiview.png

  • and if the included visualisations do not suffice you the plugin can easily be expanded to include new visualizations if needed. – user2733 Apr 20 '11 at 21:01
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    That's what I am looking for, thanks. [looks like an eventual migration to QGIS is unevitable. :-) ] – Erick Apr 21 '11 at 6:43

This is an interesting implementation from a former professor of mine at the University of Tennessee from a National Science Foundation project titled "Towards a GIS-based Analytical Time-geographic Framework for Physical and Virtual Activities:


From the project web page: "The major goal of this project is to extend Hägerstrand’s time geography such that it can provide a comprehensive framework of representing and modeling both physical and virtual activities as well as the interactions between them. In addition, this research will design a space-time geographic information system (GIS) to implement the extended time-geographic framework."


  • Been playing with the extension, 'quick' results - am familiar with esri environment. The QGIS plugin seems the comprehensive solution.Thanks – Erick Apr 21 '11 at 6:40

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