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: Groundwater’s essential role in preserving plant transpiration during drought

Picture: Remnant native vegetation at Avoca. Credit: Greenfleet Australia. Groundwater buffers negative impacts of droughts and heatwaves on ecosystems. However, most climate...

CLEX Seminar Series: James Dyke James Dyke from Global Systems Institute, Exeter University, discusses Net Zero: fact, theory and wishful thinking.

CLEX Seminar Series: Detlef van Vuuren Detlef van Vuuren from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency talks about integrated scenarios to support climate research.

Australian bushfires spawn massive phytoplankton bloom

Picture: Himawari-8 satellite image showing smoke from January 2020 bushfires stretching over the South Pacific. Credit: Japanese Meteorological Agency (Creative Commons 4.0)....

Research briefs

Research brief: New reporting format for leaf-level gas exchange data

Picture: Leaves under the sky. Credit: Min An (Pexels). Leaf level measurements provide us with an understanding of the physical processes that illuminate how plants trade carbon...

Research brief: Experiments on the Monash Simple Climate Model

Picture: Oil drop. Credit: Daniel Olah (Unsplash). This study introduces the Monash Simple Climate Model (MSCM) experiment database. The MSCM is based on a simple climate model...

Research brief: How El Niños impact climate in the southwest Indian OCean

Large‐scale oceanic waves, triggered by atmospheric and oceanic disturbances associated with El Niño, can propagate across the Indian Ocean and ultimately affect the climate of...

Research brief: Historical records show Australia is unprepared for future flooding.

Picture: Looking into the past. Credit: Nomad Tales (Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0) Extreme rainfall is projected to increase with climate change, but the impact of climate change on...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall


Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections