International Symposium on
Geographic Information Science

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The meeting will be held 8:30 a.m. Thursday, December 11th and end at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 12th, 2008, at the Upham Hotel, located in downtown Santa Barbara. For your convenience, we have reserved a block of rooms for the meeting under "NCGIA". Suggested check in Wednesday afternoon, December 10, departure Saturday afternoon, December 13.

Please make your hotel reservation by calling the Upham directly. When you call, have your credit card available and reference our room block under "NCGIA."

    The Upham Hotel
    1404 De la Vina Street (corner of Sola Street)
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Phone: 1-800-727-0876 or 805-962-0058 (either for reservations)
    Fax: 1-805-963-2825

The Upham Hotel website also has a printable map for your convenience.

Other Hotels

With our growing number of attendees, our lodging needs may be slightly greater than the block of rooms initially reserved. We encourage you to make your reservations soon and, if the Upham is unable to accommodate you, be prepared to consult this information about alternative lodging choices. Please note: Hotel Prices are subject to change.


The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) airport, adjacent to UCSB, is served by the following airlines:

US Airways (including America West) 1.800.428.4322
American Airlines (American Eagle) 1.800.433.7300
Delta Connection 1.800.221.1212
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air 1.800.547.9308
United Express 1.800.241.6522

The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), approximately 8 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara, is most convenient and is served by express airlines codesharing with the above airlines. For more info, see

From there, we recommend taking the SuperRide shuttle - very convenient and less expensive than taxis ($15-18 one-way versus $32-40 for a taxi). There is usually a shuttle waiting at the airport for deplaning passengers (a large white van with "SuperRide" in big blue lettering), otherwise there is a courtesy phone in the baggage claim area. Also, it's convenient and a bit less expensive to schedule a round-trip with them. For more info, see

Flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about a 2-hour drive southeast of Santa Barbara and is served by most major airlines and rental car companies. As an alternative to renting a car, the Santa Barbara Airbus can take you from LAX to either downtown Santa Barbara or Goleta. They offer discounted rates for round-trips and pre-paid trips and also group discounts. For schedules, fares, and pick-up/drop-off locations, please see

On the northern edge of the greater Los Angeles area, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) is also about 2 hours from Santa Barbara, with airfares usually comparable to LAX fares. See for more information.

Santa Barbara is also served by Amtrak, with convenient service from Los Angeles, Burbank Airport, and San Diego. The station is about 1 mile from the hotel.

Santa Barbara weather: In mid-December nights are cool (5-10 Celsius, 40-50 Fahrenheit) and days are mild (15-20 Celsius, 60-70 Fahrenheit). The Mediterranean climate makes rain possible, but days may also be clear and sunny. For current conditions and forecasts, see the Santa Barbara weather forecast.

Official Visitor Guide to Santa Barbara