This page is a brief work description about enabling visualisation in time through geoserver in combination with the Delta Data Viewer. This Delta Data viewer (DDV) is a product of Deltares for dissemination of georelated data. The DDV works with Openlayers and has several features of which the ability to show time enabled data through Geoserver. Actually when working with geoserver the only settings necessary are those in Geoserver.
This work description is a description on how to visualise data from a PostgreSQL/PostGIS database.
The only prerequisites is a layer with time enabled information (basically a column with datatype date or timestamp).
In geoserver proceed with the normal workflow, i.e. create a workspace (if there is no one to add your information to), create a datastore (which is the connection between database and geoserver) and add a layer. When publishing the data via geoserver follow the normal procedures (give coordinate system, add some abstract, add a link to the metadata and add legend) and as addition publish the layer with time enabled. You can find this under the tab Dimensions. The picture below is an example of the settings in geoserver 2.4.4 (in newer versions the options are extended).
In case of the mentioned layer the attribute timestamp can be used to visualise the yearly averaged boundary of Lake Mingachevir (derived from Remote Sensing via Google Earth Engine). In this case presentation is done via a list.