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Seabed 2030 Arctic – Antarctic – North Pacific Mapping Meeting: Logistics Information

November 9-10, 2019

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

Bathymetry for parts of the Antarctic, Arctic and North Pacific regions

Venue


We will be staying at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA where the GEBCO GCC meetings will be taking place on 4-8 November.

The Arctic-Antarctic-North Pacific Mapping meeting will be either at the Sheraton or at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. This decision will be made later – if the meeting is in Durham, transportation from the Sheraton will be arranged.

Map of the meeting location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA Picture of the meeting venue in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements but are encouraged to stay at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel for convenience. This hotel offers special rates for the delegates if they book before 3 October 2019 through this link.

If the participant wants to stay in said hotel but has missed the cut-off date for booking, please let Renee Blinn () know so she can arrange for you to get the discounted rate.

Example Deluxe King Room and the Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA Picture of the restaurant at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

Transportation

The nearest airport for both international and domestic flights is Boston Logan International Airport.

Below are some transportation options from the airport:

  • C&S Airport Service: door to door (limos, van, etc – can be cost-effective if traveling in groups)
  • C&J Bus Service: (this is what most CCOM faculty use) comfortable coach buses with internet, pick up / drop off at your airport terminal every hour. Tickets and schedules are available online. $24 one way, $48 round trip. NOTE: Uber or taxi is required from the bus station to/from Sheraton – approximately $10 each way
  • Private car rental: round-trip Logan airport/Sheraton: $300 - $400, not including insurance or fuel. NOTE: Sheraton offers discounted parking for conference attendees at $10 per day. All activities are at or within walking distance from the hotel with the exception of the CCOM tour (chartered bus), so a rental car is not needed and is highly discouraged. NOTE: there will be larger than usual traffic delays in and out of Boston during that time period, due to extended bridge work.

If we choose to have the Arctic-Antarctic-North Pacific Mapping meeting at CCOM in Durham, transportation to and from the Sheraton will be arranged.

Weather

Winter usually starts to slowly creep in by the end of October. The average temperature in November is a high of 20°C and a low of 10°C with possibilities of rain showers. Participants may check this link for the weather forecast.

Official Language

The official language is English. Signage at some airports has a Spanish translation. Should the participant require assistance, please contact the host.

Tourist Information

The hotel is within walking distance of the city. Participants can check the links below for local attractions.

To get to nearby places like malls, participants can take buses that run until about 9:00 in the evening – CoastBus routes 2 and 40, and UNH Wildcats Bus route 4. The nearest bus stop is along Russell Street, approximately 100 m from the hotel.

Travel Document and Visa

Participants from outside the US who need a visa to enter the country may apply for B-1/B-2 or A, whichever is applicable and convenient. Check this link for more details.

Currency

US dollar (sign: $; code: USD) is the currency of the United States of America, which includes bills and coins.

Image showing the currency of the USA.

Electrical Power

Mains voltage in USA is 120 V 60 Hz. Plug Type A and B. Participants from countries with 220V might need a transformer to protect their electronic devices. Though it is claimed that laptop and phone chargers are designed to work fine with the range of 100 to 240 V, please make sure to check your devices first.

Example elctrical power plugs used in the USA.

Contact and additional Information


Renee Blinn ()

Program Support Assistant

University of New Hampshire

Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center

24 Colovos Rd, Durham, NH 03824

+1 603-862-5333