CLEX, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

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

Climate extremes are the confluence of high impact weather and climate variability. 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 help Australia cope with extremes now and in the future.

Breaking news

My first experience appearing on the radio

by Xinyang Fan I am a CLEX PhD student based at the University of Melbourne. My research interest is focused on quantifying the impact of climate change on groundwater resources....

Dealing with rejection

by Andy Pitman A great deal of time in science is spent writing papers and grant proposals. In both cases, one puts ideas on paper, defends the ideas with evidence and...

Knowledge Brokerage Team report – April 2021

After the COVID-related troubles of 2020, I was relieved to see 2021 kicking off with a few solid achievements for the Knowledge Brokerage Team. Most recently, I was pleased to...

Working with teachers to bring climate science to the classroom

by Ian Macadam and Sanaa Hobeichi Sanaa Hobeichi and Ian Macadam of the CLEX Knowledge Brokerage team are spearheading Climate Classrooms, a joint project of CLEX and the Monash...

Research briefs

Research brief: Understanding the origin of ENSO diversity for improved forecasts

A new paper published today in Nature reveals why forecasting ENSO events, and anticipating how they may change with global warming remains a significant challenge for climate...

Research Brief: SST adjustments radically alter projections of tropical cyclones in a warming world

Tropical cyclones have drastic socio-economic consequences in coastal regions. Accurately projecting their changes in a global warming context is a crucial challenge. This study...

Research brief: Decomposing temperature extremes errors in CMIP5 and CMIP6 models

… and figuring out which models simulate temperature extremes well for the right reasons. Picture (above): Utah’s Green River flows south across the Tavaputs Plateau (top) before...

Research brief: Droughts inconsistently represented across climate models

Global climate models (GCMs) are essential for understanding future changes in droughts but it remains unclear how well these models simulate droughts. This study evaluated GCMs...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections