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

CLEX Seminar Series: Charmaine Franklin Charmaine Franklin from the Bureau of Meteorology presents Urban fine-scale weather modelling to support improved prediction.

Research brief: Ekman Streamfunction a strong indicator of overturning circulation strength & variability

Picture: Beneath the waves. Credit: Emiliano Arano (Pexels) The global ocean overturning circulation is the planetary-scale movement of waters in the vertical and north-south...

Research brief: New comprehensive review of Indian Ocean systems and interactions

Picture: View to the Indian Ocean. Credit: Asad Photos Maldives (Pexels) Over the past decade, our understanding of the Indian Ocean has advanced through concerted efforts toward...

Research brief: The path to a sustainable future using marine-based mitigation measures

Picture: Sunrise near Black Rocks. Credit: NOAA (Unsplash). The world is undergoing a period of unprecedented warming. A critical decade now lies ahead to adapt human and natural...

Research briefs

Research brief: Why the 2020 La Nina didn’t lead to a wet Spring in SE Australia

Picture: Tree silhouette at sunset. Credit: Peter Robinson. La Nina, which was active during the austral spring of 2020, is the most predictable climate driver of Australian...

Research brief: Natural variability and warming pattern may decide how El Niños will change

Picture (above): Sunset over the ocean. Credit: Sascha Thiele (Pexels). Given the global impact of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events it is essential to understand how...

Research brief: Understanding the origin of ENSO diversity for improved forecasts

A new paper published today in Nature reveals why forecasting ENSO events, and anticipating how they may change with global warming remains a significant challenge for climate...

Research brief: How uncertainties in data and drought indices affect drought identification

Picture (above): Dry landscape. Credit: PXhere (CC0). Drought is a slowly evolving phenomenon whose modulating mechanisms stem from complex interactions of atmospheric, land...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall


Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections