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Get raster map from server



A = getMap(server,mapRequestURL) dynamically renders and retrieves a color or grayscale, geographically referenced, raster map from the Web map services server, server, and stores it in A. Parameters in the URL, mapRequestURL, define the map. The getMap function also updates the RequestURL property of the server with mapRequestURL.


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Retrieve a map of the Blue Marble global mosaic layer from the NASA Earth Observations WMS server.

neowms = wmsfind('neowms', 'SearchField', 'serverurl');
layer = refine(neowms, 'bluemarbleng', 'MatchType', 'exact');

server = WebMapServer(layer.ServerURL);
mapRequest = WMSMapRequest(layer, server);
A = getMap(server, mapRequest.RequestURL);
R = mapRequest.RasterReference;

Display the map.

worldmap world
geoshow(A, R)

Input Arguments

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Web map server, specified as a WebMapServer object.

URL, specified as a character vector. Parameters in the URL define the map.

Output Arguments

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Rendered map, returned as a color or grayscale image.


getMap accesses the Internet to retrieve the map. Periodically, the WMS server is unavailable. Retrieving the map can take several minutes.

Introduced before R2006a