I have geodataframe that has two geometry fields. I'm trying to set new CRS but every time I get the next error message:

AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'is_empty'

when I am able to check the original CRS of the layer:

print('original crs is:',tost.crs)

>>>original crs is: EPSG:4326

but then when I try to set new CRS to the copy:

tast = tost.copy()
tast= tast.to_crs({'init': 'epsg:3857'})
print('projected the copy df to:',tast.crs)

>>>AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'is_empty'

I don't understand why is this hapenning. What cause this error? My goal here is to be able to set the crs

  • try .to_crs(epsg=3857)
    – sutan
    Sep 10, 2020 at 11:25
  • @sutan I am getting the same error message
    – ReutKeller
    Sep 10, 2020 at 11:28
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    I suspect one of the rows has no geometry. Check if None exists in the geometry column, like this >>> True if None in tost.geometry else False. if this returns True, then there is a None in the geometry column, you should drop the row. or filter the none like this tast = tost[tost.geometry != None], then you can do tast.to_crs(epsg=3857)
    – sutan
    Sep 10, 2020 at 12:10
  • You can also try column.geometry.is_valid to avoid a few potential problems
    – mmann1123
    Sep 20, 2021 at 15:49

1 Answer 1


What if you don't want to drop any rows?
My solution would be to set the null geometries to be empty geometryCollections.
Then the to_crs() method works without throwing any AttributeError.
My code:

from shapely.geometry.collection import GeometryCollection

tast['geometry'] = tast.geometry.apply(lambda x: x if x else GeometryCollection())

tast.to_crs({'init': 'epsg:3857'})

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