Develop an App to Calculate Mean NDVI at Any Point.

The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a simple graphical indicator that can be used to analyze remote sensing measurements, typically, but not necessarily, from a space platform, and assess whether the target being observed contains live green vegetation or not.

The NDVI is calculated from these individual measurements as follows:

NDVI= (NIR-Red) \ (NIR+Red)

In this tutorial we will learn to develop a simple app that displays Mean NDVI at any point we click. Learn how to create Earth Engine App, here:

// Filter a collection to a time of interest.
var l8 = ee.ImageCollection('LANDSAT/LC08/C01/T1_TOA')
    .filterDate('2014-06-01', '2015-06-01');

var ndvi = {
  return['B5', 'B4']));

// Nice visualization parameters for a vegetation index.
var vis = {min: 0, max: 1, palette: [
  'FFFFFF', 'CE7E45', 'FCD163', '66A000', '207401',
  '056201', '004C00', '023B01', '012E01', '011301']};
Map.addLayer(ndvi, vis, 'NDVI');
Map.setCenter(20.049, -0.13, 8);

// Create an inspector panel with a horizontal layout.
var inspector = ui.Panel({
  layout: ui.Panel.Layout.flow('horizontal')

// Add a label to the panel.
inspector.add(ui.Label('Click to get mean NDVI'));

// Add the panel to the default map.

// Set the default map's cursor to a "crosshair".'cursor', 'crosshair');

// Register a callback on the map to be invoked when the map is clicked.
Map.onClick(function(coords) {
  // Clear the panel and show a loading message.
  inspector.clear();'shown', true);
  inspector.add(ui.Label('Loading...', {color: 'gray'}));

  // Compute the mean NDVI; a potentially long-running server operation.
  var point = ee.Geometry.Point(coords.lon,;
  var temporalMean = ndvi.reduce(ee.Reducer.mean());
  var sampledPoint = temporalMean.reduceRegion(ee.Reducer.mean(), point, 30);
  var computedValue = sampledPoint.get('nd_mean');

  // Request the value from the server and use the results in a function.
  computedValue.evaluate(function(result) {

    // Add a label with the results from the server.
      value: 'Mean NDVI: ' + result.toFixed(2),
      style: {stretch: 'vertical'}

    // Add a button to hide the Panel.
      label: 'Close',
      onClick: function() {'shown', false);

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