I have a raster layer which illustrates land use in Rwanda. I would like to be able to extract the cropland and make it a raster by itself. I have tried to extract it using the raster calculator, however it does not work for me.

I tried using these two formulas:

(9 <= "Landcover_raster" <= 10)*1 + ((9 > "Landcover_raster") AND ("Landcover_raster" > 10))*0


("Landcover_raster" = 0.21)*1 + ("Landcover_raster" != 0.21)*0

I was unsure whether I could extract it based on the value of the attribute or the label of the attribute.

Am I using the raster calculator wrong or is there another way to extract a certain attribute from a raster file?

  • What is the rastervalue of cropland?
    – Bera
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 8:08
  • There are two different kind of cropland, so the raster value is both 9 and 10. And then I have given them both the label 0.21, because that is the value that cropland should have in my formula.
    – anneke
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 8:21

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should work. It multiplies X by .21 where X is either 0 or 1, depending on whether it is land cover (9 or 10).

It is helpful to remember that with 1 and 0,

  • OR is +,
  • AND is *
  • Thank you so much! That's exactly what I needed! :-)
    – anneke
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 8:50
  • You can multiply by a million. The final number is unimportant :-)
    – wingnut
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 8:53
  • @anneke: if an answer helped you solve your problem, you should accept it (hit the checkbox) and/or upvote it: gis.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers
    – Babel
    Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 10:35

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