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: 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...

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...

Record warm temperatures above Antarctica likely to bring hot and dry extremes to Australia

A new study with Centre of Excellence researchers warns that changes in springtime winds high above the South Pole could trigger higher than usual heat waves and fire-prone...

Research brief: Rescuing centuries-old meteorological measurements

This paper documents the efforts of the international weather data rescue initiative ACRE, the International Surface Temperature Initiative and researchers that took part in...

Research briefs

Research brief: Observations of small ocean eddies in the Arctic using glider technology

Picture (above): Ocean Glider. Credit: Alseamar. Ocean eddies have long been suggested to play a key role in regulating the inflow of warm Atlantic Water into the Arctic....

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...

Research brief: Strongest El Niño events to increase with climate change

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the dominant and most consequential climate variation on the planet. Answering the question of how ENSO may change under greenhouse...

Research brief: New method produces more precise and complete representation of wave climate variability

Waves generated by the wind blowing over the surface of the ocean are able to travel immense distances and reach distant coasts. For example, it has been recognised since the...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections