I am trying to calculate EVI for a Sentinel 2 Level 2A image collection. I have applied the Sentinel cloud mask provided by GEE but am not sure I am applying EVI correctly because my range is not between -1 and 1 and when I try to visualize it is a single color.

This is what I see when I inspect the bands using the Console.

"EVI", double, EPSG:32616, 10980x10980 px

My question is if I am already dividing by the scale factor (10000) in the cloud mask do I still need to divide each band by 10000 in my EVI equation? Any insight into why the EVI I'm producing is not usable?

//Area of interest
  var roi = /* color: #d63000 */ee.Geometry.Polygon(
        [[[-89.88191416015627, 14.139636998051515],
          [-90.32686044921877, 13.737115730837438],
          [-89.87916757812502, 13.526248029454758],
          [-89.60176279296877, 13.982444096452182]]]);
 * Function to mask clouds using the Sentinel-2 QA band
 * @param {ee.Image} image Sentinel-2 image
 * @return {ee.Image} cloud masked Sentinel-2 image
function maskS2clouds(image) {
  var qa = image.select('QA60');

  // Bits 10 and 11 are clouds and cirrus, respectively.
  var cloudBitMask = 1 << 10;
  var cirrusBitMask = 1 << 11;
  // Both flags should be set to zero, indicating clear conditions.
  var mask = qa.bitwiseAnd(cloudBitMask).eq(0)

  return image.updateMask(mask).divide(10000);

// Add EVI using an expression.
var addEVI=function(image){
var EVI = image.expression(
      '2.5 * ((NIR - RED) / (NIR + 6 * RED - 7.5 * BLUE + 1))', {
      'NIR' : image.select('B8').divide(10000),
      'RED' : image.select('B4').divide(10000),
      'BLUE': image.select('B2').divide(10000)}).rename('EVI');
      return image.addBands(EVI);

var Nov19= ee.ImageCollection('COPERNICUS/S2_SR')
                  .filterDate('2019-11-01', '2019-11-30')
                  // Pre-filter to get less cloudy granules.

Map.addLayer(Nov19.select('EVI').median().clip(roi), {min:-1,max:1,palette:['red', 'green']}, 'EVI Nov19');
  • Your range is practically in the middle between -1 and 1 (zero) because you are dividing by 100,000,000. @korndog was right. Map with maskS2clouds onto your image collection before addEVI and don't divide into image.expression by 10000. With these recommendations your script will work perfectly.
    – xunilk
    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:52
  • Thank you! I will try that! Apr 1, 2021 at 19:10
  • Could I ask what you're putting this code into (i.e. python, Visual Studio, etc.)?
    – Beck
    Sep 3, 2021 at 15:13
  • I'm putting this code into Google Earth Engine. Sep 5, 2021 at 13:44

2 Answers 2


Because you map maskS2clouds onto your image collection after addEVI, you end up dividing your EVI band by 10000. Decide whether you want to re-scale your images earlier in your script or on a case-by-case basis (e.g. when calculating EVI).


Late to reply but I have blog post regarding this question and have described in details about EVI calculation in GEE. https://kaflekrishna.com.np/blog-detail/enhanced-vegetation-index-evi-sentinel-2-image-google-earth-engine/

In short, I have used function to compute EVI as:

def getEVI(image):
    # Compute the EVI using an expression.
    EVI = image.expression(
        '2.5 * ((NIR - RED) / (NIR + 6 * RED - 7.5 * BLUE + 1))', {
            'NIR': image.select('B8').divide(10000),
            'RED': image.select('B4').divide(10000),
            'BLUE': image.select('B2').divide(10000)

    image = image.addBands(EVI)


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