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.