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

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,...

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...

Regional adaptions can cool heat extremes by up to 2-3°C

New research published in Nature Geoscience has found that climate engineering that modifies the properties of the land surface in highly populated areas and agricultural areas...

Wind power a winner for all but Queensland

There are clear winners and losers for wind power generation across Australia in the century ahead even though climate change will have little impact on wind speeds, according to...

Academies call on CHOGM members to do more to fight climate change

The Australian Academy of Science with 21 other Commonwealth National Academies of Science and societies as part of a consensus statement calling on the members at the next...

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...

Research briefs

Mapping transpiration in climate models

Transpiration – the evaporation of water from plants –  is one of the dominant forces in the Earth’s water cycle. To get a sense of how it will change in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Drought

Climate variability and teleconnections