I have a code that calculates NDVI for an imageCollection and then is supposed to display those rasters. The rasters are filtered by their size so only rasters that have more than a certain amount of pixels are being added to a new imageCollection and then displayed. The problem is that the images cannot be displayed and I get the next error message:

Layer error: Element.get, argument 'property': Invalid type. Expected: String. Actual: Integer

The graphs are displayed but the images are not and I don't understand why would the images need to be string, when did they changed and how to change them back to integer.

This is my code:

 * Function to mask clouds based on the pixel_qa band of Landsat SR data.
 * @param {ee.Image} image Input Landsat SR image
 * @return {ee.Image} Cloudmasked Landsat image
var cloudMaskL457 = function(image) {
  var qa = image.select('pixel_qa');
  // If the cloud bit (5) is set and the cloud confidence (7) is high
  // or the cloud shadow bit is set (3), then it's a bad pixel.
  var cloud = qa.bitwiseAnd(1 << 5)
                  .and(qa.bitwiseAnd(1 << 7))
                  .or(qa.bitwiseAnd(1 << 3));
  // Remove edge pixels that don't occur in all bands
  var mask2 = image.mask().reduce(ee.Reducer.min());
  return image.updateMask(cloud.not()).updateMask(mask2).divide(10000)
  .copyProperties(image, ['system:time_start']);

//Create LANDSAT7 dataset

var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('LANDSAT/LE07/C01/T1_SR')
                  .filterDate('1999-01-01', '2013-04-29')

//RGB visualization

var visParams = {
  bands: ['B3', 'B2', 'B1'],
  min: 0,
  max: 1,
  gamma: 1.4,

//clip the dataset according to the geometry
var clippedCol=dataset.map(function(im){ 
  return im.clip(geometry);

// Get the number of images.
var count = dataset.size();
print('Count: ',count);

//function to calculate NDWI in LANDSAT7
var addNDVI = function(image) {
  var NDVI = image.normalizedDifference(['B4', 'B3'])
  return image.addBands(NDVI);


//NDWI to the clipped image collection
var withNDVI = clippedCol.map(addNDVI).select('NDVI');

var NDVIcolor = {
  min: -1,
  palette: ['FFFFFF', 'CE7E45', 'DF923D', 'F1B555', 'FCD163', '99B718', '74A901',
    '66A000', '529400', '3E8601', '207401', '056201', '004C00', '023B01',
    '012E01', '011D01', '011301'],

var ndviWithCount = withNDVI.map(function(image){
  var countpixels = ee.Number(image.reduceRegion({
  reducer: ee.Reducer.count(),
  geometry: geometry,
  crs: 'EPSG:4326',
  scale: 30,

  return image.set('count', countpixels);

print(ndviWithCount, 'ndviWithCount');

//filter between a range
var filter = ndviWithCount.filter(ee.Filter.rangeContains(
          'count', 220000, 446224))
print(filter, 'filtered');

var max = ndviWithCount.reduceColumns(ee.Reducer.max(),  ["count"])

var OrderList=[0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10]

for (var i in OrderList) {
  var image = ee.Image(filter.get(OrderList[i]));
  var toexport=image.visualize(NDVIcolor).addBands(image);

  // do what ever you need with image
  Map.addLayer(image, NDVIcolor, i);


print(ui.Chart.image.series(filter, geometry, ee.Reducer.mean(), 30));
print(ui.Chart.image.series(withNDVI, geometry, ee.Reducer.max(), 30));
print(ui.Chart.image.series(withNDVI, geometry, ee.Reducer.min(), 30));
print(ui.Chart.image.series(withNDVI, geometry, ee.Reducer.stdDev(), 30));
  • I couldn't get your script to work. I think .get() near the end of your scripts wants a property name, so an integer won't work. You might be able to do something like .get('system:index', OrderList[i]) but I'm not sure what the properties look like for the image collection 'filter'. Another option might be to cast your image collection as a list and then use the index to select each image. See here gis.stackexchange.com/questions/231333/…
    – Kevin
    Oct 31, 2019 at 17:26

1 Answer 1


Convert the filter ImageCollection to a List of images.

When the get method is applied to an ImageCollection it expects the name (string) of a property to get; when it is applied to a List, it expects an integer index value and returns the respective image from the List.

filter = filter.toList(filter.size()); // convert ImageCollection to List

See line 97: https://code.earthengine.google.com/e4f2efb32d16a45e918a5ff60ab78b03

Note, however, that converting collections to lists can negatively affect performance. Avoid using .toList() if you can use alternative methods. For instance, use .filter() to select and image of interest.

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