How To: Assign date or time information to rasters for use with the time slider in ArcMap
Aerial imagery and other raster type files are great ways to look at change over time. Many demos include time sliders that allow cycling through imagery to see sprawl, deforestation, changes in a landscape, or other factors.
To progress through rasters by collection date, add the rasters to a mosaic dataset. The mosaic dataset has an attribute table, where fields can be added to include metadata in the rasters within the mosaic dataset. The attribute table can then be used with the time slider in the map to flip through the images by date.
The instructions provided describe how to assign date or time information to a mosaic dataset.
Create a mosaic dataset inside a geodatabase by either right-clicking the geodatabase and selecting New > Mosaic Dataset or by using the Create Mosaic Dataset tool.
Right-click the mosaic dataset and select Add Rasters to add the relevant rasters.
Import or add the mosaic dataset to ArcMap.
Right-click the mosaic dataset in the Table Of Contents, and Open the attribute table.
Click the Table Options icon in the top left of the Table window, and select Add Field. Give the field a name, and select Date as the field type. Click OK.