I generated a Lansat 5 image NDVI in a rectangle of interest in Google Earth Engine.

After that, I tried to export the image to my Google Drive, but the final result does not load the usual values of an NDVI (-1 to +1), as is usually done in a GIS program (QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.). The DN has a single value (attached image).

How could I solve this?

My code is:

var imgL5 = ee.Image('LANDSAT/LT05/C01/T2_TOA/LT05_226074_19850719');

var poly = ee.Geometry.Polygon([[ 

var cortado = imgL5.clip(poly);

//Calc NDVI

var nir = cortado.select('B5');
var red = cortado.select('B4');
var NDVI = nir.subtract(red).divide(nir.add(red));


// Export the image, specifying scale and region.
  image: NDVI.float(),
  description: 'NDVI_9',
  scale: 30,
  region: geometry,
  folder: 'GEE',

Map.setCenter(-56.67318953949383,-20.121019484901392, 10);

enter image description here

  • Did try to export the NDVI raster outside of google Drive? Also, in what type of file format the raster was exported ?
    – Ofir
    Apr 11, 2020 at 7:07
  • I did not try to export to another place of departure. The output format is .tif Apr 12, 2020 at 2:27

1 Answer 1


I ran your code. I only updated- "region: poly" (and not- "region: geometry") and it worked fine with Qgis. Maybe the region you defined in the export code was the problem ? enter image description here

BTW if you want your NDVI values to be between -1 to 1 you can use landsat5 surface reflectance: https://developers.google.com/earth-engine/datasets/catalog/LANDSAT_LT05_C01_T1_SR . In your code you used top of atmosphere data and that's why there is values smaller then -1 .

  • Hello everyone, I apologize for the time lag. I tested some things and read the NDVI theory. Really, the correct thing is to use the image in SR (surface reflectance). As for geometry, I did correct it. I created a square in shp format in Qgis, then I uploaded it as a "table" and got the expected result. I thank everyone for their efforts, thank you very much. Apr 30, 2020 at 15:33

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