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

Montreal Protocol set to slow global warming by at least 1°C

Picture: Stratosphere. Credit: Willpower The Montreal Protocol, an international agreement signed in 1987 to stop chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) destroying the ozone layer, now...

Climate change will increase frequency of Australia’s most dangerous fires

Picture: Tatong Bushfire. Credit: Andrew Wallace (Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Catastrophic wildfires like the Black Saturday wildfires in 2009 and Canberra Wildfires of 2003, which...

Research brief: How magnetic fields can make water behave like honey

Picture: This enhanced color view of Jupiter’s south pole was created by citizen scientist Gabriel Fiset using data from the JunoCam instrument on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. ...

Research brief: How tropical Indo-Pacific processes drive ocean heat into Atlantic meridional circulation

Picture: Atlantic ocean sun. Credit: Guillaume Bassem (Unsplash) The ocean transports vast amounts of heat around the planet, helping to regulate regional climates and keep them...

Research briefs

Research brief: Understanding water-use efficiency in plants

To grow, plants open their stomates to capture carbon dioxide, whilst simultaneously losing water through the process of transpiration. Previous work has...

Research brief: Southern Ocean vortices are changing

Picture above: Inside a wave by Joshua Dewey (Unsplash). It is well accepted that climate change results in the intensification of the winds, in particular of those blowing over...

How climate models work

CLEX Chief Investigator Prof Christian Jakob at a recent Monash University STEM talk takes his audience ​into the world of climate models. It's a talk that...

Research brief: Regional climate models capture changes to extreme storms

Short, extreme rainfall events will increase in a warming climate, according to observations and climate models. Australian observations suggest these storms become smaller in...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections