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: Increased precipitation under climate change consistent across models

Based on physical considerations, extreme precipitation is expected to intensify in a warming world. Global climate models project a general intensification of annual extreme...

El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) risks for Western Australian graziers

by Bella Blanche Prologue The Australian Outback is a whole different universe that I got to experience on a winter day in June 2013. From Brisbane, Queensland on the...

Research brief: Study extends meaningful forecasts of stratospheric warming events

During winter time in the Northern Hemisphere, the strong winds around the poles at heights of around 20–40km can suddenly slow down dramatically. After such events,...

Research brief: The importance of humidity in heat stress

Traditionally heat stress has been measured via temperature.  However, we also know that humidity makes a big difference to heat stress.  How big a difference has been a matter...

Research briefs

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: 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...

Research brief: Tropical thunderstorms strengthen without cold pools

The processes governing the formation, maintenance, and propagation of tropical thunderstorms are not fully understood. In the midlatitudes, established theory explains the...

Research brief: Why record-breaking droughts had very different impacts on Amazon forests

In 2005, the Amazon experienced a once-in-a-century drought. Five years later, in 2010, it was struck by a worse drought, with even lower rainfall occurring in the...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections