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: Southern ocean overturning circulation responds to SAM

Picture (above): Wind-whipped waves. Credit: Axel Antas Bergkvist (Unsplash). The Southern Ocean has accounted for the vast majority of the global ocean heat uptake since the...

How a watch could save your life on a hot day

Picture: Don't stop me now. Credit: Maarten van den Heuvel (Unsplash). Extreme heat events account for more deaths annually in Australia and the United States than any other...

Research brief: Revisiting the 1888 Centennial Drought

Picture: Drought. Credit: Tim J Keegan (Flickr CC BY SA 2.0) ‘The earth was brown, the sky was blue, No moisture fell, no drop of dew. ... There a grey toad all parched and dead,...

Australia’s Black Summer a climate wake-up call

Picture: Regions of Sorrow. Credit: Elizabeth Donoghue (Flickr CC BY-NC-2.0). The 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires are a “wake up call” demonstrating the extreme effects of climate...

Research briefs

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: Why turbulence prevents models from replicating deep open-ocean convection

Picture (above): Underwater. Credit: Alexandra Koch (Pixabay). In recent decades, oceanographers have observed localised events in polar regions where water near the surface of...

Research brief: Do high-resolution models improve the simulation of precipitation?

Picture: Water droplets. Credit: Inspired Images (Pixabay). Using finer grids in global climate models could improve the simulation of precipitation extremes. This is an expected...

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...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections