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

Research brief: Categorising and naming marine heatwaves

At the start of 2011 an unprecedented heatwave off the coast of western Australia warmed waters 2-4oC above normal for almost three months. This marine heatwave (MHW) led to mass...

Research brief: Redesigning the Tropical Pacific Observing System

El Niño and La Niña events, collectively referred to as ENSO, occurring in the tropical Pacific ocean-atmosphere system trigger changes in the atmosphere and ocean circulation...

PhD Opportunity: Unravelling the role of lags and legacies in explaining the response of grasslands to elevated CO2

The rising concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere stimulates plant growth; however, in grassland ecosystems, the observed growth responses are highly variable and often depart...

Research brief: Changes to weather features of atmospheric conversion lines drive future changes to rainfall

Future changes in precipitation have been shown to have contributions from both thermodynamic and dynamic processes. Although the thermodynamic part is reasonably well understood...

Research briefs

Research brief: Does climate change cause longer and more frequent marine heatwaves?

Marine heatwaves are becoming longer and more frequent, and they are having major impacts on marine ecosystems. After each event we often ask the question: did climate change...

Research brief: How to avoid overconfidence in climate model ensembles

Estimates of the nature of future climate change typically come from a range of different climate models based at different institutes around the world. Having information from...

Research brief: Drought not an automatic result of climate change

New research in Nature Climate Change suggests droughts may not increase as a result of climate change. This finding resulted from researchers investigating an apparent climate...

Research brief: 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

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections