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: How heat in the Indian Ocean moves between the ocean and atmosphere

The southeast Indian Ocean is a region where the ocean loses a lot of heat to the atmosphere. However, until now there have not been any direct measurements of the heat flux (the...

Research brief: Wind changes over the Southern Ocean impact its capacity to take up carbon and heat

Picture (above): Wind off Cape Terawhiti. Credit Phil Norton. (Creative Commons license - Flickr) The transport of surface waters into the ocean interior (“ventilation”) plays a...

2℃ of global warming would put pressure on Melbourne’s water supply

Picture (above): Cracked earth by Dan Gold (Unsplash) By Ben Henley. (This story first appeared in The Conversation). Melbourne’s existing water supplies may face pressure if...

Research brief: Future directions for the Indian Ocean Observing System

Photo (above): Indian Ocean atol by Roberto Nickson (Unsplash). The Indian Ocean is warming faster than any other ocean, and its climate is uniquely driven by monsoons and...

Research briefs

Research brief: Towards reliable extreme weather and climate event attribution

Picture above: Abandoned homestead. Credit: John Coppi (CSIRO Science Image) The field of event attribution aims to quantify the role that human activities have played in recent...

Research brief: How predictable are land-atmosphere fluxes in different ecosystems?

A new study by CLEX researchers identifies regions of high and low predictability and will likely help improve land surface model evaluation. It focuses on observations of the...

Research brief: Marine heatwaves increase around Tasmania

Centre of Excellence researchers have identified 12 marine heatwave types off the east coast of Tasmania, a location recognised as a global warming hotspot. Average sea surface...

Research brief: Misclassification in climate models of land cover over East Asia has little impact on results

Land cover type reconstructions, required in climate models, commonly use remote sensing products. There are inevitable misclassifications in land cover reconstructions due to...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections