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Climate change causing oceanic boundary currents to intensify and shift poleward

This image shows the annual mean net heat flux from the ocean surface to the atmosphere at five major western boundary currents: The Gulf Stream off the eastern coast of North America, the Brazil Current off the eastern coast of South America, the Kuroshio Current off the coast of Japan, the Eastern Australia Current and the Agulhas Current off the coast of South Africa. New research finds the western boundary current (with the exception of the Gulf Stream) are becoming stronger due to climate change. 
Credit: Alfred Wegener Institute/Hu Yang.


Weather along the eastern coasts of South Africa, Asia, Australasia and South America will get significantly warmer and stormier on average over the next 100 years, a new study finds. The culprit? Climate changes that are causing ocean currents next to these coastal regions, called western boundary currents, to become stronger and extend further toward the poles, according to the new study.


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