Multidimensional tab

Working with multidimensional raster data can be challenging, especially when there are many slices of data and multiple variables with which to work. Using the Multidimensional tab, you can visualize your data and perform analysis.

Work with the Multidimensional tab

The Multidimensional tab is enabled when you load a multidimensional dataset into the Contents pane and the map display. When the Multidimensional tab is enabled for a multidimensional raster layer or a multidimensional mosaic layer, it provides tools and functionality to work with multidimensional raster data. The tab contains tools that allow you to manipulate your spatial and dimensional data, display the slice in the map view, open the temporal profile chart, and perform data management and analysis.

Multidimensional tab

Analysis capabilities on the tab require the Image Analyst extension. Tools in the Multidimension toolbox do not require an additional extension license.

Multidimensional Extent

Use the Multidimensional Extent group to limit the variables, dimension extent, and area of interest you want to view and process for the multidimensional layer selected in the Contents pane. Select the variable or variables to view in the Variables drop-down list, and use the Area of Interest drop-down menu to limit the spatial extent of the layer you are viewing. Use the Start and End values to limit the dimension extents.

The extent values are used in geoprocessing tools. For example, if you choose to view two of four possible variables, and you select a six-month period from five years of data, any geoprocessing tool that references the active multidimensional layer will limit processing to the two variables over six months. Additionally, the multidimensional extent is reflected in the time slider and range slider for the active layer.

Multidimensional Extent group

More options for defining the multidimensional extent are available using the Multidimensional Raster function in the Data Management group.

Current Display Slice

Use the Current Display Slice group to change the slice you are viewing on the map. You can also animate slices along a dimension using the Play Slices Along button Next Part. The slices are limited by the extents set in the Multidimensional Extent group.

Current Display Slice group


The Analysis group provides access to a number of tools and functions for processing your multidimensional data. Click the Temporal Profile button Temporal Profile to open a new temporal profile chart for the multidimensional raster layer. Click the buttons in the Analysis gallery to open geoprocessing tools to analyze your multidimensional raster. Use the Summary Statistics gallery to calculate one of many summary statistics options, generating a new temporary layer on your map.

Analysis group

Data Management

Use the Data Management drop-down menu to choose from a list of geoprocessing tools that manage or create multidimensional data. For example, use the Subset Multidimensional Raster tool to create a multidimensional raster that is a subset of your current layer.

Data Management group