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Press Release 11-085

Threading the Climate Needle: The Agulhas Current System

Increased Agulhas "leakage" significant player in global climate variability

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Map showing the Agulhas Current system and its leakage into the Atlantic Ocean.

Agulhas Current system and its "leakage" into the Atlantic Ocean, affecting climate.

Credit: Erik van Sebille, RSMAS


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Oceanographers have discovered changes in one of Earth's major current systems, the Agulhas Current. These changes are likely related to global warming and its effects on the oceans.

Credit: University of Miami/RSMAS

 

Photo of current meters secured to lab benches.

Current meters are secured to lab benches, ready for deployment into the Agulhas Current.

Credit: Lisa Beal


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Photo of mooring operations on deck of the research vessel Knorr.

Mooring operations on deck of the research vessel Knorr during the Agulhas Current experiment.

Credit: Dallas Murphy


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Photo of a current meter and chain of floats deployed as part of several-kilometers-long mooring.

A current meter and chain of floats deployed as part of several-kilometers-long mooring.

Credit: Lisa Beal


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Photo of oceanographer Lisa Beal showing schoolchildren a current meter.

Oceanographer Lisa Beal shows schoolchildren a current meter in the main science lab aboard ship.

Credit: Clement Rousset


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Photo of the rendezvous of the Knorr and clipper Stad Amsterdam off the South African Cape.

Rendezvous between research vessel Knorr and clipper Stad Amsterdam off the South African Cape.

Credit: Brett Kuyper


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