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: The dynamics of summer heatwaves over Sydney

In early 2017, a series of record-breaking heatwaves affected southern Queensland, New South Wales(NSW) and parts of northern Victoria, during which Sydney and Brisbane recorded...

Research brief: How tropical convection is influenced by surrounding atmosphere

Tropical convection is a key process in Earth’s climate and its representation in climate models remains difficult. This study uses 13 years of weather radar data in Darwin,...

Research brief: How passive tracers will diffuse on the abyssal ocean floor

The transport of tracers, such as heat, salt and carbon, within the ocean plays an important role not only in ocean dynamics, thermodynamics and biogeochemistry but also as a...

Postgraduate opportunities at the UNSW

The CLEX node at University of New South Wales is offering several PhD scholarships on a competitive basis. Details of how to apply are at the bottom of this page. Immediately...

Research briefs

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: Drivers of Antarctic sea ice volume change in CMIP 5 models

The observed increase in Antarctic sea ice is thought to be mostly driven by surface winds. These winds drive the motion of sea ice and shift warm air southwards to melt ice in...

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 brief: Successful science outreach with social media

Over four years, the Norwegian Polar Institute’s (NPI) Ocean and Sea Ice team used the social media handle @oceanseaicenpi across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to communicate...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections