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

Research brief: Natural variability and warming pattern may decide how El Niños will change

Picture (above): Sunset over the ocean. Credit: Sascha Thiele (Pexels). Given the global impact of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events it is essential to understand how...

Research brief: Climate change will strengthen Southern Hemisphere monsoons

Picture (above): Monsoon rain in Bharat, India. Credit: Pratik Gaikwad (Pixabay). Comparing past and future changes in Southern Hemisphere monsoons can provide insights into the...

Research brief: How nighttime storms form without cold pools

Picture (above): Lightning over Sydney. Credit: Mariano Carpentier (Unsplash). When organized groups of storms redevelop over or repeatedly pass over the same location for an...

Research brief: Decade of observations needed to flatten Soil moisture variations

Picture (above): Green frog on mud. Credit: Jill Heyer (Unsplash). The main hydrologic observable is streamflow and this is widely observed. Explanations for variations in...

Research briefs

Research brief: How the IOD Changes with global warming

The Indian Ocean Dipole is a climate phenomenon that causes major climate impacts. CLEX researchers have been involved in a review article which demonstrates that using...

Research brief: Successful science outreach with social media

Over four years, the Norwegian Polar Institute’s (NPI) Ocean and Sea Ice team used the social media handle @oceanseaicenpi across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to communicate...

Research brief: New Metrics for Assessing Small Scale Wind Processes in Bureau Forecasts

Weather forecasts can be improved both by blending data from multiple numerical weather prediction models and through direct edits of model data made by human forecasters....

Research brief: Observations of small ocean eddies in the Arctic using glider technology

Picture (above): Ocean Glider. Credit: Alseamar. Ocean eddies have long been suggested to play a key role in regulating the inflow of warm Atlantic Water into the Arctic....

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections