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: How heat in the Indian Ocean moves between the ocean and atmosphere

The southeast Indian Ocean is a region where the ocean loses a lot of heat to the atmosphere. However, until now there have not been any direct measurements of the heat flux (the...

Research brief: Wind changes over the Southern Ocean impact its capacity to take up carbon and heat

Picture (above): Wind off Cape Terawhiti. Credit Phil Norton. (Creative Commons license - Flickr) The transport of surface waters into the ocean interior (“ventilation”) plays a...

2℃ of global warming would put pressure on Melbourne’s water supply

Picture (above): Cracked earth by Dan Gold (Unsplash) By Ben Henley. (This story first appeared in The Conversation). Melbourne’s existing water supplies may face pressure if...

Research brief: Future directions for the Indian Ocean Observing System

Photo (above): Indian Ocean atol by Roberto Nickson (Unsplash). The Indian Ocean is warming faster than any other ocean, and its climate is uniquely driven by monsoons and...

Research briefs

Research brief: How ENSO drives Australian heatwaves

Heatwaves are prolonged periods of excessive heat, driven by various physical mechanisms. We know that one important mechanism that drives heatwaves over Australia is the El...

Research brief: Hybrid Cyclones in the Australian Region

In May and September 2016, two extratropical cyclones developed explosively over the Great Australian Bight.  The May cyclone affected the Eyre Peninsula and Adelaide region with...

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: New research rewrites Southern Ocean mixing calculations

World-first modelling research– which used several million CPU hours in Australia’s fastest supercomputer, Raijin, and ran calculations non-stop for over a year – has...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections