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: Warmer oceans amplify LENGTH AND FREQUENCY of coastal marine heatwaves

Despite marine ecosystems having recently been severely impacted by marine heatwave events, there is still a lack of marine heatwave studies in coastal areas. In this study, the...

Research brief: Ring like structure in cyclone leads to rapid intensification of surface winds

Picture: Image of Typhoon Nepartak taken using its Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer. The top left image depicts cloud heights; the middle image is a stereoscopic,...

Research brief: New Zealand’s costliest floods caused by atmospheric rivers

Picture (above): Thunderstorm. Credit: Rodrigo Souza (Pexels) The largest rivers on Earth are not on the ground, but in the sky. Our new study, published in Environmental...

CLEX Postdoc positions

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes has a range of positions for postdoctoral researchers. You can find out more about them below. ANU CLEX (ANU hub) Postdoctoral...

Research briefs

Research brief: New insight into plant growth under climate change

The process of photosynthesis determines the amount of carbon available for plants to grow. However, experimental work has highlighted that the flux of photosynthesis and timing...

Research brief: Categorising and naming marine heatwaves

At the start of 2011 an unprecedented heatwave off the coast of western Australia warmed waters 2-4oC above normal for almost three months. This marine heatwave (MHW) led to mass...

Research brief: New dataset shows NW cloudbands are increasing over Australia

The Australian Northwest Cloudband (NWCB) is a continental sized band of cloud that stretches from the East Indian Ocean to southern Australia and can cause widespread rainfall...

Research brief: Understanding tropical land-sea breezes through satellite data

We know land-sea breezes influence offshore precipitation throughout the tropics, but there is a dearth of direct observational data over oceans, so it is hard to understand how...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections