In my Python Pandas project I have a .csv file with geographic coordinates and want to transform it into lat,lon format.

the last weeks I successfully used the following code to make it work.

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
import pyproj as pp

def key():
    df = pd.read_csv('POI_Untersuchungsgebiet.csv')

    utm2geo = pp.Proj(init='epsg:25832')
    df[['lon', 'lat']] = df.apply(lambda row: utm2geo(row['x'], row['y'], inverse=True), axis=1).apply(pd.Series)
    key_columns = ['fclass', 'lon', 'lat', 'code', 'Kategorie']
    df = df[key_columns]
    return df

Since today I get the following error message

Invalid projection: +init=epsg:25832 (Internal Proj Error: proj_create: SQLite error on SELECT name, coordinate_system_auth_name, coordinate_system_code, geodetic_crs_auth_name, geodetic_crs_code, conversion_auth_name, conversion_code, area_of_use_auth_name, area_of_use_code, text_definition, deprecated FROM projected_crs WHERE auth_name = ? AND code = ?: no such column: area_of_use_auth_name)

Any ideas what the reason could be?


1 Answer 1


I believe your pyproj is referencing an incorrect crs data directory (see this error in the pyproj doc's).

This has happened to me when switching kernels in Jupyter notebook/lab or in VSCode and the pyproj data directory remains in the base environment or an environment different from your current environment.

You check your proj data directory:

>>> import pyproj
>>> pyproj.datadir.get_data_dir()

But imagine if you were working in a different env, such as dev-env. You can see pyproj's data directory is referencing a different env, test-env's proj data directory, causing issues.

You can fix that by specifying the correct path. Below replace Users/User with your machine's file path to your anaconda installation and dev-env with the current env in use (or remove that part of the path if you are working in your base env):

>>> pyproj.datadir.set_data_dir('/opt/anaconda3/dev-env/share/proj')

I've also seen this manifest in a similar error: CRSError: Invalid projection: ESPG:4326: (Internal Proj Error: proj_create: crs not found).

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