Center for Integrated Spatial Research University of California, Santa Cruz
The core of geospatial activity at UCSC takes place in the Center for Integrated Spatial Research facilities located in ISB. CISR manages both a research and teaching facility specializing in state-of-the-art spatial technology, software applications, and data. The Center also includes hardware and software for image processing and geospatial analysis, as well as a wide array of ancillary and supporting equipment.
Research (ISB 450)

The research facility, located in ISB 450, currently supports spatial research needs for UCSC faculty, students, staff and researchers. The research facility is equipped with a range of specialized hardware and software to facilitate advanced spatial modeling, statistical analysis,and spatial database development. There is also a full complement of peripherals including field mapping equipment (survey and recreational grade GPS, laser range finder), a tablet digitizer, medium-format scanner, and a range of color and B/W output devices including a 42-inch large format printer.

The research facility schedule is regularly updated so consult the posted hours and for facility availability and procedures.

Teaching (ISB 486)

The teaching facility, located in ISB 486, currently supports academic instruction and laboratory work in spatial concepts, techniques, and methods at UCSC. The teaching facility hosts fifteen dedicated computers and peripherals configured with the latest in spatial, statistical, and cartographic software. The facility is connected to the CISR network hosting an extensive spatial data library. As a smart classroom, ISB 486 is also equipped with a computerized faculty lectern linked to a multi-resolution projection system to facilitate instruction.

The teaching facility schedule is regularly updated so consult the posted hours for facility availability and course offerings.


CISR hosts an enterprise grade server portfolio designed to strengthen capacity for delivering spatially-focused services, raw data storage, and computer management. Designed on virtualization technology, the Center hosts a dedicated internal network domain that provides users a homogenous computing environment, seamless access to and high availability of authorized network resources, applications, and services.

To deliver a suite of spatially enabled application and data services via the internet, the Center also hosts an array of application focused servers configured with PostgreSQL (with PostGIS), ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server, and ArcIMS.


A large suite of applications software provides state-of-the-art capabilities for image processing, mapping, modeling, statistical analysis, and visualization (click an item for more information):

  • ArcGIS Desktop (ArcInfo): for advanced spatial analysis and modeling
  • ArcView GIS 3.x: for spatial analysis and modeling
  • ArcPad: for GIS on mobile devices, e.g. GPS or PDA
  • ArcIMS: for serving basic internet mapping applications
  • ArcGIS Server (Advanced): for serving comprehensive GIS applications via the internet
  • ArcGIS Image Server: for serving geospatial imagery via the internet
  • ArcSDE: for managing spatial data in an enterprise database management system
  • PostgreSQL (with PostGIS): enterprise database management system
  • ENVI: for remote sensing and image analysis
  • ERDAS: for remote sensing and image analysis
  • GPS Pathfinder Office: for field mapping preparation and processing
  • MATLAB: for advanced computing, statistical analysis, and graphics
  • R Statistics: for advanced statistical analysis and graphics
  • SAS: for advanced statistical analysis and graphics
  • WinBUGS: for bayesian analysis
  • Google Earth: interactive 3D virtual globe
  • NASA World Wind: interactive 3D virtual globe
  • Adobe Creative Suite: graphic design software