A recent study using a global ocean model showed that the Agulhas Leakage into the Atlantic Ocean may have increased between 1970 and 2002 as a result of global warming.
Better understanding the Agulhas Current and its variability is a major component of climate change science.
Paleaoceanographers found evidence of the Agulhas Leakage affecting climate. Increase in leakage coincided with the end of the last several ice ages.
Thus, this current’s behavior is both affected by climate change and also has an effect on climate change — a fundamental piece of the climate puzzle.