CLEX, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

The Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a network of outstanding national and international partner organizations.

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 enable improvements in how Australia copes with extremes now and in the future.

Breaking news

Research brief: Climate model projections of Philippines typhoon activity

Picture (above): Super typhoon Maysak seen from space taken by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as the International Space Station passed near the storm on...

Research brief: Phosphorus poor soils half Amazon’s ability to take up carbon dioxide

How much will plants increase their photosynthetic uptake as atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) rises? This is one of the most pressing questions we face, with wide-ranging...

Research brief: The dynamics of summer heatwaves over Sydney

In early 2017, a series of record-breaking heatwaves affected southern Queensland, New South Wales(NSW) and parts of northern Victoria, during which Sydney and Brisbane recorded...

Research brief: How tropical convection is influenced by surrounding atmosphere

Tropical convection is a key process in Earth’s climate and its representation in climate models remains difficult. This study uses 13 years of weather radar data in Darwin,...

Research briefs

Research brief: New statistical method identifies robust reconstructions of past ENSO events

The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the dominant mode of interannual climate variability on Earth, yet climate models do not yet provide a clear consensus on how ENSO will...

Research brief: Testing CORDEX for future climate projections

We know the climate is changing and these changes vary spatially but global climate projections cannot provide the detailed spatial resolution required for impacts and adaptation...

Research brief: What caused the rapid decline in Antarctic sea ice in 2016?

IAntarctic sea ice extent underwent a rapid decline in the spring of 2016 and is still well below average now. CLEX researchers have tied the decline to natural variability of...

Research brief: Understanding water-use efficiency in plants

To grow, plants open their stomates to capture carbon dioxide, whilst simultaneously losing water through the process of transpiration. Previous work has...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections