I want to calculate the SAVI in Google Earth Engine. I am using the formula as below:


The value range should come between -1 to 1.

I am using Sentinel 2 image. But after the calculation, the lower value range is within -1. But the upper-value range is going beyond 1. I am using the following code below.

Am I calculating it in the wrong way?

    //Load the study area
var studyarea = ee.FeatureCollection('users/swadhinakoley/Hazaribagh_geo');
Map.addLayer(studyarea, {}, 'studyarea');

 * 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);

var S2_display = {bands: ['B4', 'B3', 'B2'], min: 0, max: 3000};

function addsa(input){
  var NIR = input.select('B8');
  var RED = input.select('B4');
  var sa_neu = NIR.subtract(RED);
  var sa_deno = NIR.add(RED).add(0.5);
  var sa = sa_neu.multiply(1.5).divide(sa_deno).rename('savi');
  return input.addBands(sa);

var S2 = ee.ImageCollection("COPERNICUS/S2")
  .filterDate('2019-04-15', '2019-05-31')
  .filterMetadata('CLOUDY_PIXEL_PERCENTAGE', 'less_than', 1)
  .map(function(image){return image.clip(studyarea)})

var savi_S2 = S2.select('savi').max();

  image: savi_S2,
  description: 'SAVI_Gumla2_Z',
  scale: 10,
  region: geometry6

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If you look at the band description in the dataset catalog, you'll notice that the the red and NIR band have a scale of 0.0001, meaning the values are between 0 and 10000 instead between 0 and 1. So, you need to multiply your bands with the scale.

input = input.multiply(0.0001)

For a simple normalized difference, this makes no difference, but in this case it does matter. With the correctly scaled bands, if NIR = 1 and Red = 0, you'll get (1/(1+0.5))*1.5, which is 1. NIR = 100000 and Red = 0, you'll get (10000/(10000+0.5))*1.5 which is close to 1.5.

I typically use expression strings for non-trivial calculations. Here's how it would look for you, just copy/pasting the formula you had in the question:

function addsa(input) {
  var sa = ee.Image().expression('((NIR-Red)/(NIR+Red+0.5))*1.5', {
    NIR: input.select('B8').multiply(0.0001),
    Red: input.select('B4').multiply(0.0001)
  return input.addBands(sa)
  • Okay! Now I get it. Thanks! Feb 19, 2022 at 11:04

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