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: 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: Algorithm reveals how plants respond to warming climate

The capacity of plant species to cope with increasing growth temperature is one of the key determinants in range shifts and local extinction of species. This response to...

Research brief: How ENSO drives Australian heatwaves

Heatwaves are prolonged periods of excessive heat, driven by various physical mechanisms. We know that one important mechanism that drives heatwaves over Australia is the El...

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...

Research briefs

Research brief: A building energy demand and urban land surface model

Nine out of ten Australians live in urban areas, where energy use is significantly impacted by variability in local weather and a changing climate. Urban structures and the...

Research brief: Successful science outreach with social media

Over four years, the Norwegian Polar Institute’s (NPI) Ocean and Sea Ice team used the social media handle @oceanseaicenpi across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to communicate...

Research brief: New insight into plant growth under climate change

The process of photosynthesis determines the amount of carbon available for plants to grow. However, experimental work has highlighted that the flux of photosynthesis and timing...

Research brief: Drought not an automatic result of climate change

New research in Nature Climate Change suggests droughts may not increase as a result of climate change. This finding resulted from researchers investigating an apparent climate...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections