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

Latest climate models show more intense droughts to come

Picture (above): Dead trees (10-year drought). Credit: Gary Sauer-Thompson. Flick CC. An analysis of new climate model projections by Australian researchers from the ARC Centre...

PhD opportunities in climate extremes and high impact weather

Picture (above): Lightning storm over Queensland. Credit: TexAus (Flickr CC 2.0). PhD opportunities are now available to work on projects jointly supervised across the ARC Centre...

Charuni’s blog: PhD confirmation in the age of COVID

Image (above): Remy soaks up some sun and watches the world go by while Charuni prepares for her confirmation. Credit: Charuni Pathmeswaran. Post by Charuni Pathmeswaran(This...

Research brief: Greenhouse gases responsible for increases in heavy precipitation

Picture (above): Rainfall. Credit: Inge Maria (Unsplash). It has been estimated that as the Earth warms the atmosphere will be able to hold around 7% more moisture for each...

Research briefs

Research brief: Nutrient availability framework accurately forecasts plant growth from CO2 fertilisation effect

Elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) can increase plant growth, but the magnitude of this CO2 fertilisation effect is modified by soil nutrient availability. Predicting how nutrient...

Research brief: New global runoff estimates help define past energy and water budgets

The land surface water budget describes how precipitation flows into water running into rivers and reservoirs, moisture added to the atmosphere (through evaporation and...

Research brief: New method produces more precise and complete representation of wave climate variability

Waves generated by the wind blowing over the surface of the ocean are able to travel immense distances and reach distant coasts. For example, it has been recognised since the...

Research brief: New energy/water dataset obeys energy conservation laws

Understanding how energy and water are distributed at the Earth’s surface is a key part of predicting climate extremes such as drought, heatwaves, and flooding. Depending on the...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections