I have a few shapely.linestring objects that are read into geopandas with the call:

piped = gpd.read_file("Pipes.dbf")

In the geometry column the values are in UTM. I have identified the sector as 44Q and I can use utm to extract the lat/long for a single value. I'm pretty new to using Geopandas but was hoping there was an .apply where I could duplicate and convert the linestring objects into a list of tuples and store them in another column.

Example row value: LINESTRING(376753.3276983045 2042051.6105498213, 376764.03744285746 2042051.728052152)

I'd like to have a corresponding column called say lat_long that contains the same information from the linestring column but in a the format [(18.465193133286725, 73.83275226395054),(18.465194819587577, 73.83285367143624)]

def utm_to_latlon(vals, utm_lon, utm_lat):
"""Function to convert UTM TO lat long
   returns a tuple of latlong
    return utm.to_latlon(vals[0], vals[1], zone_number=utm_lon, zone_letter=utm_lat)
  • Yeah, I've updated my question to reflect my load method. I'm not sure how to tell if GeoPandas is aware of the CRS. For this particular case I want the non-geometry tuples.
    – Derek_P
    Feb 24, 2020 at 20:58
  • utm.to_latlon converts an UTM coordinate into a (latitude, longitude) tuple. It converts one (x,y) pair to (lat,lon) pair. But the example you gave is a linestring. So, what kind of tuple do you want, (y1, x1, y2, x2) or ((y1,x1), (y2, x2)) or ...? Could you add some more explanation to the post. Feb 24, 2020 at 21:59

1 Answer 1


You can use this script:

import utm
import geopandas as gpd

df = gpd.read_file("PATH/TO/Pipes.shp")

def utm_to_latlon(coords, zone_number, zone_letter):
    easting = coords[0]
    northing = coords[1]
    return utm.to_latlon(easting, northing, zone_number, zone_letter)

# Using nested list comprehension
df ["lat_lon_tuple"] = [[utm_to_latlon(xy, 44, "N") for xy in tuple(geom.coords)] for geom in df.geometry]



    geometry                                                                            lat_lon_tuple
0   LINESTRING (252116.471 2510591.765, 253788.235 2510764.706)                         [(22.68435038429163, 78.5872648049902), (22.686155695429978, 78.60349856208599)]
1   LINESTRING (253651.765 2508544.412, 254651.765 2508544.412, 255151.765 2510544.412) [(22.66609572779645, 78.60251971456782), (22.666241062086172, 78.61224530186976), (22.684365437082395, 78.61679603925353)]

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