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: Aridity index too simplistic for climate projections

Picture (above): Desert road. Credit: Fares Nimri (Unsplash) The world is widely expected to become more arid as temperatures increase with climate change. This prediction is...

Research brief: How to incorporate increased vapour pressure deficit into climate models

With projected increases in temperature in the future, the amount of water vapour that can be held at saturation – before it condenses into clouds, dew or water film – increases...

Research brief: Evaluating Himawari-8 cloud products

Himawari-8 is a geostationary satellite launched by Japan in 2015 that uses a multi-spectral imager to produce data and images of cloud activity down to 500m in an area of the...

Research brief: Southern Ocean vortices are changing

Picture above: Inside a wave by Joshua Dewey (Unsplash). It is well accepted that climate change results in the intensification of the winds, in particular of those blowing over...

Research briefs

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...

Research brief: New dataset shows NW cloudbands are increasing over Australia

The Australian Northwest Cloudband (NWCB) is a continental sized band of cloud that stretches from the East Indian Ocean to southern Australia and can cause widespread rainfall...

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...

Research brief: Global warming to transform Australia’s temperate marine ecosystems

Deep ocean reefs are likely to transform with global warming bringing together species from temperate and tropical waters that may have never coexisted before. This was the...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections