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: Lost and found? A search for the Tasman Front

The traditional view of the circulation in the Tasman Sea includes a coherent, eastward flow from eastern Australia towards the northern tip of New Zealand. This flow is widely...

Research brief: More accurate prediction of tree mortality during droughts

To be able to predict the probability of tree mortality due to drought at an individual and landscape scale we need knowledge of the time it takes for plants to reach critical...

Research brief: New calculations reveal Arctic could be ice-free at 1.5°C

Climate scientists testing a new mathematical and statistical method that converts projections of future climate outcomes in a warming world into reliable probabilities have...

Indian Ocean causes drought and heatwaves in South America

New research has found the record-breaking South American drought of 2013/14 with its succession of heatwaves and long lasting marine heatwave had its origins in a climate event...

Research briefs

Research brief: Southern Ocean’s clockwise eddies are most productive

Ocean eddies are spinning parcels of water about 100km across and 1500m deep. They occur everywhere in the ocean. In the Southern Hemisphere, eddies that spin clockwise are...

Research brief: Lost and found? A search for the Tasman Front

The traditional view of the circulation in the Tasman Sea includes a coherent, eastward flow from eastern Australia towards the northern tip of New Zealand. This flow is widely...

Research brief: How well can climate models simulate interactions between cool and dry conditions under the current climate?

Hot days are expected to become more frequent with climate change. Heat extremes can be exacerbated by dry conditions due to a lack of evaporative cooling. This has been shown to...

Research brief: The importance of humidity in heat stress

Traditionally heat stress has been measured via temperature.  However, we also know that humidity makes a big difference to heat stress.  How big a difference has been a matter...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections