Data Understanding

1. Global Shark Attack File: GSAF

2. NOAA File:
Explanation of DATA in the NOAA file:
Custom Options: Station name, Geographic location, Include data flags
Locations: FIPS:37055 – Dare County, NC
Data Types: WT06 – Glaze or rime
DAPR – Number of days included in the multiday precipitation total (MDPR)
WT03 – Thunder
AWND – Average daily wind speed (tenths of meters per second)
WESD – Water equivalent of snow on the ground (tenths of mm)
TMAX – Maximum temperature (tenths of degrees C)
WDF2 – Direction of fastest 2-minute wind (degrees)
MDPR – Multiday precipitation total (tenths of mm; use with DAPR and DWPR, if available)
WT08 – Smoke or haze
PRCP – Precipitation (tenths of mm)
TMIN – Minimum temperature (tenths of degrees C)
WT02 – Heavy fog or heaving freezing fog (not always distinguished from fog)
WT01 – Fog, ice fog, or freezing fog (may include heavy fog)

3. NC Division of Marine Fisheries: Commercial Catch Statistics for NC

4. Dr. Thompson GitHub repository (several starred, forked projects so far – will be adding code from class): Github/plthomps

5. Florida Museum of National History International Shark Attack File: Shark Attack File

6. Crab Landings: See Menu Link

7.  New sources for data: Fishing Piers (some record catches) and helicopter pilots that patrol beaches

8.  UNC Institute of Marine Science:  http://ims.unc.edu/home/research/

9.  What’s Up With Attacks (2015) – mention of sea turtle link by George Burgess:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/29/three-new-shark-attacks-in-carolinas-puzzle-experts-and-scare-beachgoers/

10. They attack from the back:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/17/researchers-study-sharks-abilities-hot-spots/4569177/

11.  Sharks and Water Temperature (not best resource):  http://oceanofk.org/tag/Tagmigrate/ddisttemp.html

12.  Sharks – why they migrate:  http://oceanofk.org/tag/Tagmigrate/cfactorscause.html

13.  Reasons for attacks?  Article mentions many reasons, this can be source for research:  http://www.livescience.com/51218-shark-attacks-north-carolina.html