In theory, anyone can download, install, and use WMS client software. Some clients are:
Refractions PHP WMS Client, and
To make a client work, you would install the software on your computer.
Then, you would enter the URL of the WMS service into the client.
For example, in ArcGIS (not yet fully working because it doesn't handle time!), use
"Arc Catalog : Add Service : Arc Catalog Servers Folder : GIS Servers : Add WMS Server".
In ERDDAP, this dataset has its own WMS service, which is located at
(Some WMS client programs don't want the ? at the end of that URL.)
of datasets available via WMS at this ERDDAP installation.
In practice, we haven't found any WMS clients that properly handle dimensions
other than longitude and latitude (e.g., time), a feature which is specified by the WMS
specification and which is utilized by most datasets in ERDDAP's WMS servers.
You may find that using
Make A Graph
and selecting the .kml file type (an OGC standard)
to load images into Google Earth provides
a good (non-WMS) map client.
of datasets with Make A Graph at this ERDDAP installation.
Web page authors can embed a WMS client in a web page. For the map above, ERDDAP is using
OpenLayers, which is a very versatile WMS client.
OpenLayers doesn't automatically deal with dimensions other than longitude and latitude
A person with a browser or a computer program can generate special WMS URLs. For example,