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: 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: Satellite estimations may overcome data-sharing issues for precipitation

Picture: Satellite over the coast. Credit: Spacex Data sharing between countries is restricted when it comes to the exchange of extremes-relevant data often due to concerns...

Research brief: SAM may be unrelated to mid-latitude weather.

Picture: Storm and bioluminescence over Jervis Bay. Credit: Trevor McKinnon (Unsplash). The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) is the name given to a hemisphere-wide non-periodic shift...

Research brief: Algorithm improvements reduce errors in ocean chlorophyll observations

Picture: Satellite image of phytoplankton around island by USGS (Unsplash) The tropical Pacific Ocean is a globally significant region where climate drives the variability of...

Research briefs

Research brief: Marine heatwaves – the models vs reality

Picture: Maldives by Saud Edum (Unsplash). Marine heatwaves (MHWs) are persistent extreme temperatures in the ocean. They have a negative impact on marine life, fisheries, and...

Research brief: Inexpensive innovation improves Ensemble Kalman filter

Estimating the state of the atmosphere from observations is essential for monitoring climate and also for the initialization of weather, sub-seasonal and seasonal weather...

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: A building energy demand and urban land surface model

Nine out of ten Australians live in urban areas, where energy use is significantly impacted by variability in local weather and a changing climate. Urban structures and the...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections