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: Aridity index too simplistic for climate projections

Picture (above): Desert road. Credit: Fares Nimri (Unsplash) The world is widely expected to become more arid as temperatures increase with climate change. This prediction is...

Research brief: How to incorporate increased vapour pressure deficit into climate models

With projected increases in temperature in the future, the amount of water vapour that can be held at saturation – before it condenses into clouds, dew or water film – increases...

Research brief: Evaluating Himawari-8 cloud products

Himawari-8 is a geostationary satellite launched by Japan in 2015 that uses a multi-spectral imager to produce data and images of cloud activity down to 500m in an area of the...

Research brief: Southern Ocean vortices are changing

Picture above: Inside a wave by Joshua Dewey (Unsplash). It is well accepted that climate change results in the intensification of the winds, in particular of those blowing over...

Research briefs

Research brief: Ecohydrological equilibrium approach improves modelling of LAI

How many leaves should a tree grow? This information is critical to climate models as the amount of leaf area per unit ground area, or leaf area index (LAI), helps determines the...

How climate models work

CLEX Chief Investigator Prof Christian Jakob at a recent Monash University STEM talk takes his audience ​into the world of climate models. It's a talk that...

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: Gravity waves cause unusual turbulence

Picture: Aircraft passes cloud Credit: Daniela Avila (Unsplash) Turbulence caused by thunderstorms is a significant hazard to aviation, but we have an incomplete understanding of...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections