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.

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Research brief: Which species matter most for marine ecosystems to survive climate change?

Human-induced climate change is affecting ecosystems in many different ways. In the ocean, these changes include warming, habitat destruction, fishing, nutrient inputs and...

Research brief: New understanding reveals how jets and cyclones interact

Polar jet streams are huge rivers of air flowing from west to east at 10km height with a maximum speed of around 150 km/h. The jet streams carry with them the ‘weather’ (that is,...

Research brief: Testing CORDEX for future climate projections

We know the climate is changing and these changes vary spatially but global climate projections cannot provide the detailed spatial resolution required for impacts and adaptation...

Research brief: Do wet soils affect rainfall?

Coupling between the land surface and the atmosphere can affect how much and when it rains. One way coupling has been uncovered in nature is through identifying when the amount...

Research briefs

How climate models work

CLEX Chief Investigator Prof Christian Jakob at a recent Monash University STEM talk takes his audience ​into the world of climate models. It's a talk that...

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: Why record-breaking droughts had very different impacts on Amazon forests

In 2005, the Amazon experienced a once-in-a-century drought. Five years later, in 2010, it was struck by a worse drought, with even lower rainfall occurring in the...

Research brief: Australian climate policy inaction threatens lives

Climate is important to health and wellbeing, especially where climates are extreme and particularly variable, as in Australia. Despite having one of the world’s best health...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections