CLEX, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

The Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a network of outstanding national and international partner organizations.

The Centre will improve our understanding of the processes that trigger or enhance extremes and build this understanding into our modelling systems. The improved predictions of climate extremes will enable improvements in how Australia copes with extremes now and in the future.

Breaking news

Research brief: Future climate risk from compound events

CLEX researchers, as part of an international team writing in Nature Climate Change, have called on climate impact researchers and industry to change the way they interpret and...

Marine heatwaves increase around Tasmania

Centre of Excellence researchers have identified 12 marine heatwave types off the east coast of Tasmania, a location recognised as a global warming hotspot. Average sea surface...

New research rewrites Southern Ocean mixing calculations

World-first modelling research– which used several million CPU hours in Australia’s fastest supercomputer, Raijin, and ran calculations non-stop for over a year – has revealed...

Why record-breaking droughts had very different impacts on Amazon forests

In 2005, the Amazon experienced a once-in-a-century drought. Five years later, in 2010, it was struck by a worse drought, with even lower rainfall occurring in the...

CLEX officially launched at UNSW

The Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes was officially launched on Tuesday, April 10, at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) by the Minister for Small...

Research opportunity aboard the RV Investigator

RV Investigator V2018_V05 October 16 – November 16, 2018, Hobart to Hobart How does a standing meander southeast of Tasmania brake the Antarctic...

PhD opportunity – Heatwaves & health

Heatwaves have severe and adverse impacts on the health of Australians. While Australia is no stranger to heatwaves, increasing trends in their intensity, frequency...

Hotter, longer, more frequent – marine heatwaves on the rise

Sydney, Australia: An international study in Nature Communications co-authored by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes...

Research briefs

How plants survive droughts

Understanding which species can recover from drought, under what conditions and the mechanistic processes involved, will help researchers predict plant mortality in response to...

Measuring changes in our atmosphere from seconds to decades

This paper, A census of atmospheric variability from seconds to decades, synthesises and summarises atmospheric variability on time scales from seconds to...

Research brief: Future climate risk from compound events

CLEX researchers, as part of an international team writing in Nature Climate Change, have called on climate impact researchers and industry to change the way they interpret and...

Understanding water-use efficiency in plants

To grow, plants open their stomates to capture carbon dioxide, whilst simultaneously losing water through the process of transpiration. Previous work has...

New evapotranspiration product

Water lost from the land surface directly into the atmosphere is a key part of the global water cycle. This transfer can come in the form of evaporation and...

More than photosynthesis reduced when plants under stress

The lack of correlation between photosynthesis and growth under "sink-limited" conditions (e.g. limited by nutrients, temperature and/or water stress) is...

How climate models work

CLEX Chief Investigator Prof Christian Jakob at a recent Monash University STEM talk takes his audience ​into the world of climate models. It's a talk that...

Marine heatwaves increase around Tasmania

Centre of Excellence researchers have identified 12 marine heatwave types off the east coast of Tasmania, a location recognised as a global warming hotspot. Average sea surface...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Drought

Climate variability and teleconnections