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RAQDPS-FW data available on MSC GeoMet

MSC GeoMet provides access to data produced by the Regional Air Quality Deterministic Prediction System - FireWork (RAQDPS-FW) model. Users can build mobile apps, create interactive web maps, and display and animate RAQDPS-FW data using MSC GeoMet's various services.

Access to the geospatial web services

The RAQDPS-FW data is available on GeoMet-Weather via the Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS) standards.

Example of a web map configured to display the RAQDPS-FW.EATM_PM2.5-DIFF layer served by MSC GeoMet:


The usage overview page provides generic information on using OGC services with desktop software, mobile apps, interactive web maps and direct access. Please refer to the tutorials and technical documentation for MSC GeoMet geospatial web services for detailed information.

Available layers

To see which RAQDPS-FW layers are served via MSC GeoMet, consult the service's WMS GetCapabilities document.

Desktop GIS software such as QGIS also makes it easy to navigate the WMS Get Capabilities document as a layer tree.

Usage tips

Retrieving the available model runs and forecast hours available for a given RAQDPS-FW layer:

WMS styles:

  • In addition to the default WMS style, several alternative WMS styles with different color scales are available. The list of available WMS styles is provided in the WMS GetCapabilities response.
  • Furthermore, users can request layers with their own custom styles with the Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) standard, please refer to the SLD technical documentation.


  • Legends are available for every WMS style. Details are provided in the WMS legend technical documentation.
  • Legend retrieval request example: https://geo.weather.gc.ca/geomet?version=1.3.0&service=WMS&request=GetLegendGraphic&sld_version=1.1.0&layer=RAQDPS-FW.EATM_PM2.5-DIFF&format=image/png&STYLE=FW-EATM-PM-DIFF_UGM2.

The RAQDPS-FW.EATM_PM2.5-DIFF [ug/m^2] WMS legend


The MSC GeoMet services are operational 24/7. User support is provided on a best-effort basis during normal business hours. If you have any questions about these services, please contact us.

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