enter image description hereI've been trying to make rasters of the area within a certain elevation band of some elevation rasters I have. Simple enough. But when I do the raster calculation, the output is not what it should be (like in a raster with values 1000-2000 if I do "raster">1500 there should be some some areas >1500 that are one color and other areas that are another color, but the resultant raster is one solid block of a single color)

I attached some pictures of what I did and the result to hopefully show the problem better. As you can see, the resultant vector should be a mix of black and white, because some of the original raster is <1525, but it is not

I'm just trying to figure out how to get these kinds of calculations to work

This was my result

nan is from divide by zero, right? Why would this pop up here? I'm not even dividing anything

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    – PolyGeo
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 2:53
  • I've struggled with how to describe this problem because it's so bizarre and inconsistent. I'm open to suggestions of how to clarify it
    – Shane
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 4:01
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    – PolyGeo
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 4:16
  • The problem is actually readily reproducible, it always happens the same if you don't vary the zoom level, etc. Sorry I was unclear
    – Shane
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 4:40
  • I get a slightly different bad result depending on the zoom level and whether other rasters are loaded and a few other things, but it always gives the same result for the same conditions
    – Shane
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 4:43

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Although I cannot see the raster value of 3110 maybe due to the min and max values in the raster statistics are not set properly, but anyway you can achieve what you want by applying the following expression:

("dblbnd@1" > 1525  AND  "dblbnd@1" < 3110)  *  "dblbnd@1"

Please note that the values below or equal to 1525 and above and equal to 3110 will assigned 0 because they don't meet the condition above.

Here is an example to extract the values above 800 and below 2000 from the image below:

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Using raster calculator, I wrote the following expression:

("Test@1"  > 800  AND "Test@1" <2000) * "Test@1"

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Here is the output:

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You can set the zero value to null using r.null tool in GRASS and replace 0 with -9999 asfollows:

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The final output raster will have values ranges from 801 to 1999 as extracted from raster calculator:

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  • What version of QGIS are you using? Doing it the way you suggest still gives me the same result I was getting before
    – Shane
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 5:59
  • I used QGIS 2.18.17
    – ahmadhanb
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 6:00
  • I used 2.18 too, and I copied what you did exactly. But somehow the result is different
    – Shane
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 6:01
  • "I cannot see the raster value of 3110" 1525-3110 was just the range I was using, not all the rasters I'm using exceed both bounds
    – Shane
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 6:02
  • I'm using USGS data as my inputs so it's not like the data should be bad or anything either
    – Shane
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 6:03

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