Amin, R.; Ritter, E., and Wetzel, A., 2015. An estimation of shark-attack risk for the North and South Carolina coastline.
A spatiotemporal cluster analysis of shark-attack rates is applied to identify coastal areas with shark-attack rates that are very high or very low along the North and South Carolina coast. Using a cluster analysis makes it possible to not just pinpoint these areas with more accuracy but also identify where incidents are unlikely to happen. In the past, shark attacks have been studied from a viewpoint of encounter number per region and so limited to the areas in which the attacks occurred. A first look is also taken of the potential influences of some anthropogenic, environmental, and meteorological factors for North and South Carolina in comparison with the better-known attack-prone areas along Florida's coast, to quantify potential causes leading to elevated shark-attack rates, or the lack of them.