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 11: Research on the Antarctic stratospheric polar vortex is important for Australia’s seasonal forecasts

Understanding what influences Australia’s climate is important for improving the nation’s seasonal forecasts. Research led by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology with...

Research brief: Simulating tropical cyclones with ACCESS

In this first part of a two-part paper, a new, high-resolution version of the ACCESS climate model is examined to determine its ability to simulate tropical cyclone climatology....

Research brief: Comparing precipitation measurements over land from in situ, reanalysis and satellites.

Picture: Rainfall on a tree. Credit: Shah-shah (Unsplash). Observational evidence of precipitation extremes is vital to better understand how these events might change in a...

Research brief: How clouds generate waves that affect vertical atmospheric motion

Picture: Clouds at sunset. Credit: Michael Weidner. On horizontal scales of several tens to hundreds of kilometres, which we call “mesoscale,” mean vertical motion is very small...

Research briefs

Research brief: More hot days at the same global temperature in a warming world than a world where warming has plateaued.

Picture: Oljato-Monument Valley, United States. Credit: Donald Giannatti (Unsplash) The world is warming rapidly but under protocols such as the Paris Agreement, we are aiming to...

Research brief: Climate models under-represent tropical heating variations

We know that enormous amounts of heat are released in tropical thunderstorm clouds and that this heating plays an important role in maintaining global circulation patterns. But...

Research brief: Large scale monsoon circulation impacts Indian Ocean convection

Picture: Above the Indian Ocean. Credit: Imad Boujemaoui Unsplash Convection over the western near-equatorial Indian Ocean is strongly linked to seasonal rainfall over both...

Research brief: Building resilience today to reduce future heatwave impacts

We know that weather extremes can be devasting to human health, and some of these events - mainly temperature extremes -  are increasing in their frequency, intensity and...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections