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

Charuni’s blog: PhD confirmation in the age of COVID

Image (above): Remy soaks up some sun and watches the world go by while Charuni prepares for her confirmation. Credit: Charuni Pathmeswaran. Post by Charuni Pathmeswaran(This...

Research brief: Greenhouse gases responsible for increases in heavy precipitation

Picture (above): Rainfall. Credit: Inge Maria (Unsplash). It has been estimated that as the Earth warms the atmosphere will be able to hold around 7% more moisture for each...

Research brief: Realised added value in dynamical downscaling of Australian climate change

Global climate models (GCMs) are the best tools for simulating the Earth’s climate and forecasting climate change. However, in simulating climate across the entire globe, GCMs...

Research brief: Current Climate Models do not Project a More Persistent Central European Circulation

In recent years, Central Europe has experienced extreme climatic events in both summer and winter. Heatwaves, wildfires and heavy snowfall events can arise when a weaker jet...

Research briefs

Research brief: Features on ocean floor play major role in the strength of ACC

Picture: Ocean eddies around South Africa. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Wind stress at the surface of the ocean is an important...

Research brief: Analysing a storm within a storm

Picture: Crackling thunderstorm. Credit: Bogdan Radu (Pixabay) Extreme weather events like cyclones have enormous economic and social impacts, making it vital to improve our...

Research brief: More hot days at the same global temperature in a warming world than a world where warming has plateaued.

Picture: Oljato-Monument Valley, United States. Credit: Donald Giannatti (Unsplash) The world is warming rapidly but under protocols such as the Paris Agreement, we are aiming to...

Research brief: How plants survive droughts

Understanding which species can recover from drought, under what conditions and the mechanistic processes involved, will help researchers predict plant mortality in response to...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections