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

Briefing note 10: Research on heatwaves and droughts by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes supports a major international report on Climate Change and Land

Download briefing note here. KEY POINTS Research by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes has been highlighted in a major international report on Climate Change and...

CLEX annual workshop, 2019

This year’s annual workshop, held in Hobart, brought together complex science, explainers, breakout meetings and poster sessions in a way that was perhaps the most accessible...

Montreal Protocol set to slow global warming by at least 1°C

Picture: Stratosphere. Credit: Willpower The Montreal Protocol, an international agreement signed in 1987 to stop chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) destroying the ozone layer, now...

Climate change will increase frequency of Australia’s most dangerous fires

Picture: Tatong Bushfire. Credit: Andrew Wallace (Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Catastrophic wildfires like the Black Saturday wildfires in 2009 and Canberra Wildfires of 2003, which...

Research briefs

Research brief: Southern ozone hole observations could improve seasonal forecasts

The long-term trend in the size of the Antarctic ozone hole has impacted Southern Hemisphere surface climate by shifting the wind patterns further south, away from Australia. As...

Research brief: Tagged seals unlock secrets of eddy driven transport in Antarctica

Picture (above): Seal at Cape Sherref. Credit: NOAA (Unsplash) The transport of relatively warm and salty water (known as Circumpolar Deep Water, CDW) from the open ocean to the...

Research brief: If dimethyl sulfide emissions ceased, Earth would warm 0.5C in a decade

Marine organisms such as phytoplankton produce a chemical (dimethyl sulfide or DMS), which when released in to the atmosphere can ultimately contribute to concentrations of tiny...

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...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections