A WCS (Web Coverage Service) provides the end user the possibility of being able to use spatial data representing continuous variable phenomena in space / time in the form of coverage. The present WCS is implemented using the OGC™ (Open Geospatial Consortium Catalogue Services Specification 2.0.2), and provides access to spatial data in ways that are useful for client-side rendering, or as input into scientific models. Unlike a WMS, which returns spatial data as static maps (represented as images), the WCS makes available spatial data together with their attributes that can be interpreted, analyzed, processed, etc.
Warning! the system is currently being updated and WCS and WMS users need to use the new link provided below!