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

A List of Common Unspoken Knowledge for Postgrad Climate Students

Picture: Looking at the globe. Credit: Nastya Sensei. by Kimberley ReidIn 2020, I contributed to an international project where I had to apply my object identification algorithm...

Briefing note 15: Can we limit global warming to 1.5C°?

The Paris Agreement requires countries to commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that the global average temperature remains less than 2°C above...

Research brief: Climate change may increase hazelnut yield in Southeast Australia

Picture: Hazelnuts in their shell. Credit: Janine Robinson (Unsplash). The growing market for nuts is driving demand for new locations for hazelnut cultivation, but the long-term...

Research brief: Drones used to map thunderstorms

Picture: A drone takes off as part of the flying curtain strategy to measure updrafts and cold pools in storms. Credit: All pictures and videos Colorado State University. The...

Research briefs

Research brief: An assessment of global fire-vegetation models

Picture: Fire in the forest. Credit: Pixabay (Pexels). Global fire–vegetation models are widely used, but there has been limited evaluation of how well they represent various...

Research brief: New energy/water dataset obeys energy conservation laws

Understanding how energy and water are distributed at the Earth’s surface is a key part of predicting climate extremes such as drought, heatwaves, and flooding. Depending on the...

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,...

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