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

Research brief: Natural variations shift rain-bearing winds south

Picture (above): Windy ocean waves. Credit: Verstappen Photography (Unsplash). Climate change has caused the Southern Hemisphere’s summertime westerly winds to move south towards...

What’s in a name?

Picture: Thunderstorm over fields. Credit: Tobias Hämmer (Pixabay). by Kim ReidFront, warm conveyor belt, atmospheric river, tropical moisture exports and flexible tubes. These...

Research brief: Cold air below thunderstorms affects storm orientation

Picture: Storm cloud out to sea. Credit: Daniel Bernard Unsplash Over tropical oceans, individual thunderstorms often cluster together into a collection of thunderstorms. The way...

Research brief: Predicting the risk of drought-induced tree mortality in Australia

Photo: Dead tree. Credit: Indigo Skies Photography (Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.) Australia has recently experienced two of the worst droughts on record (Millennium Drought, 2000–2009...

Research briefs

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...

Research brief: Cold air below thunderstorms affects storm orientation

Picture: Storm cloud out to sea. Credit: Daniel Bernard Unsplash Over tropical oceans, individual thunderstorms often cluster together into a collection of thunderstorms. The way...

Research brief: How ENSO drives Australian heatwaves

Heatwaves are prolonged periods of excessive heat, driven by various physical mechanisms. We know that one important mechanism that drives heatwaves over Australia is the El...

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...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections