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: Tropical rainfall modelling errors decrease slowly, but storm resolving models may be the future

Picture: Rain in tropics. Credit: Bibhukalyan Acharya (Pexels) Climate models have long struggled to represent tropical precipitation, with modelled outputs often not matching...

Research brief: New climate sensation scale can tell you how you feel

Picture: Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, United States. Credit: Pure Virtual (Unsplash). The thermal sensation scale is a seven-point descriptive scale that has been used...

Research brief: New roadmap aims to quickly integrate real-world data into ecosystem models

Picture: Quarry Lake. Credit: Ivan Bandura (Unsplash). In an era of rapid global change, our ability to understand and predict Earth's natural systems is lagging behind our...

Research brief: The Sensitivity of Atmospheric River Identification

Picture: Swirling clouds. Credit: Andrew Beatson (Pexels) If you’ve ever logged on to a website or bought something online, you’ve probably had to do a reCAPTCHA to prove you’re...

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: Tropical thunderstorms strengthen without cold pools

The processes governing the formation, maintenance, and propagation of tropical thunderstorms are not fully understood. In the midlatitudes, established theory explains the...

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: Tasmanian marine heatwaves could be forecast years ahead

Picture: Waves from the Tasman Sea crash on the coastline. Credit: Bernard Spragg Flick4 CC 1.0 Marine heatwaves have recently had dramatic impacts on the ecosystems, fisheries...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections