By Adestin

2018-07-30 21:49:13 8 Comments

Does anyone familiar with the QGIS Zonal Statistics tool know why stats calculations might return empty?


  1. DEM for South Carolina:
  2. A vector shapefile:

Desired result: Zonal Statistics calculates elevation on all shapes.

Actual result: Zonal Statistics plugin returns empty values for all fields

Parcels and DEM loaded Zonal Stats plugin prompt Zonal Stats calculating No elevation stats are calculated

QGIS 2.8 on MacOSX.


@Kazuhito 2018-07-31 13:43:46

It is interesting to know that fix geometries solved this issue, thanks to Volta.

My suggestion is (was) to reproject the polygon layer to match with the DEM layer; since most FAQ about Zonal Statistics are related to different CRSs between raster and polygon layers.

A quick test, reprojecting the CAD_PARCEL_MP to EPSG: 2029 *NAD27(76) UTM zone 17N* looks OK.

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... an alternative option, just in case :)


Seeing the comment by ndawson, my last line just in case should be just in case the work has to be done in pre-QGIS 3. The CRS issue is gone now.

@Adestin 2018-07-31 17:43:27

tks, @Kazuhito...helpful!

@ndawson 2018-07-31 21:32:55

This is no longer required in QGIS 3.2 - if you have different CRS between the raster and vector, it will automatically be handled correctly.

@Christophe 2018-07-31 13:18:54

Your file "CAD_PARCEL_MP have some topology error (check with menu Vector >"topology checker).

I fix it with the processing tool "fix geometry" in QGIS 3.2, and than it seems working

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