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

How to have a successful conference when you’re an introverted agoraphobic

by Kim Reid I’m writing this on the plane back to Melbourne from AMOS2020 in Fremantle, Perth. I think it was a successful conference for me. I define a successful conference or...

Research brief: Flexible definitions needed for fronts in Southern Ocean

Paper: Chapman, C.C., Lea, M., Meyer, A. et al. Defining Southern Ocean fronts and their influence on biological and physical processes in a changing climate. Nat. Clim....

Explainer: Focus on drought-breaking rain helps us understand Australian droughts

Paper: King, A.D., Pitman, A.J., Henley, B.J. et al. The role of climate variability in Australian drought. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2020)....

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 briefs

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: Tagged seals unlock secrets of eddy driven transport in Antarctica

Picture (above): Seal at Cape Sherref. Credit: NOAA (Unsplash) The transport of relatively warm and salty water (known as Circumpolar Deep Water, CDW) from the open ocean to the...

Research brief: Australian climate policy inaction threatens lives

Climate is important to health and wellbeing, especially where climates are extreme and particularly variable, as in Australia. Despite having one of the world’s best health...

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...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections