CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Drought

Climate variability and teleconnections

Climate extremes are high impact events that seriously affect natural and human systems. Climate change is already affecting the magnitude, frequency and duration of some extreme events. Our understanding of the processes and how they interact is limited, and the global climate models used to simulate future climate have not been designed to simulate many climate extremes.

The goal of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes is to improve Australia’s capability to predict these extremes, and as a result inform strategies to reduce our national vulnerability. We have three research goals:

  • To understand the multi-scale processes that cause climate extremes via a transdisciplinary approach that integrates atmosphere, land and ocean sciences;
  • To translate this understanding into a new Australian climate prediction system at extremely high spatial resolution;
  • To use this new prediction system to examine the past, present and future behavior of climate extremes.