||A new coastal current: the Southwest MAdagascar Coastal Current (SMACC) has been uncovered.
This coastal current flows along the southwestern coast of Madagascar toward the south.
The SMACC is a relatively shallow (<300 m) and narrow (<100 km wide) warm and salty surface current, which is more intense in summer and reduced in winter.
The Southwest MAdagascar Coastal Current has a downstream impact on the upwelling system at the south of Madagascar which is a physical process inducing local fertilization.
As such, the Southwest MAdagascar Coastal Current has key implications for studies about the greater Agulhas Current system, remote connections between oceanographic systems, biophysical coupling in upwelling systems, fisheries management, local livelihoods, and so forth.
The uncovering of the SMACC has significant implications for the improved broader understanding of ocean systems around the world. [AGU ]