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.

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The science manuscript submission process

Drawing on 5 years of experience as an editor for Geophysical Research Letters, Peter Strutton presented a talk that covered what happens between submission of a manuscript and...

PhD Opportunity: Ocean heat recycling during El Niño events

The El Niño Southern Oscillation is the largest driver of interannual climate variability, impacting weather extremes worldwide. Key to understanding ENSO is the role of diabatic...

PhD Opportunity: How complex should a land surface model be to accurately predict extremes?

We live in a data-rich world, yet the representations of the land surface in climate models were largely conceived in the absence of observations. Comparisons against...

PhD Opportunity: Latent heat balance dynamics and heatwaves in cities

Climate change strongly impacts the climate of cities, especially during heatwaves where there are synergies between synoptic conditions and local climate. Lack of understanding...

Research brief: Tropical thunderstorms strengthen without cold pools

The processes governing the formation, maintenance, and propagation of tropical thunderstorms are not fully understood. In the midlatitudes, established theory explains the...

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...

Research briefs

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Drought

Climate variability and teleconnections