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

Research brief: Groundwater’s essential role in preserving plant transpiration during drought

Picture: Remnant native vegetation at Avoca. Credit: Greenfleet Australia. Groundwater buffers negative impacts of droughts and heatwaves on ecosystems. However, most climate...

CLEX Seminar Series: James Dyke James Dyke from Global Systems Institute, Exeter University, discusses Net Zero: fact, theory and wishful thinking.

CLEX Seminar Series: Detlef van Vuuren Detlef van Vuuren from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency talks about integrated scenarios to support climate research.

Australian bushfires spawn massive phytoplankton bloom

Picture: Himawari-8 satellite image showing smoke from January 2020 bushfires stretching over the South Pacific. Credit: Japanese Meteorological Agency (Creative Commons 4.0)....

Research briefs

Research brief: New Julia package solves geophysical fluid dynamics problems

Picture: This image reveals sediment in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. Credit: USGS (Unsplash). GeophysicalFlows.jl: Solvers for geophysical fluid dynamics problems...

Research brief: Higher streamflow variability than rainfall creates challenges for hydrologic variability framework.

Picture (above): Clouds over a river near Esch-sur-Sûre, Diekirch, Luxembourg. Credit: Johny Goerend (Unsplash). Despite widespread interest in hydrologic variability, there is...

Research Brief: ROME among the clouds with new radar metric

In the tropics, deep convection is sometimes scattered across a domain and at other times is spatially clustered in one area. This variable spatial distribution of convection can...

Research brief: How passive tracers will diffuse on the abyssal ocean floor

The transport of tracers, such as heat, salt and carbon, within the ocean plays an important role not only in ocean dynamics, thermodynamics and biogeochemistry but also as a...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall


Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections