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

Enter the Plastisphere

“We are the seeds you will plant in plastic; we are your stagnant future” You walk into the library after-hours. The lights are dim, but you can see; there are people talking,...

Safeguarding the world’s largest tuna fishery

Understanding the impact of modern fishing techniques is critical to ensure the sustainability of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) tuna fishery – the largest tuna...

PhD opportunity: The role of wave-cloud coupling in shaping patterns of clouds

This project analyzes satellite images and other observational data to study two-way interactions between convection and tropospheric waves. In particular, it investigates how...

Briefing note 009: Does global warming cause droughts, drying or increased aridity?

In an hour-long talk to a business forum, Andy Pitman said: “there is no link between climate change and drought”. Given the audience were not climate scientists, or interested...

Research briefs

Research brief: Topography plays key role in Jakarta’s extreme rainfall

Since 2007, the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, has experienced severe flooding resulting in significant economic losses and death. While sub-optimal urban-planning...

Research brief: Understanding water-use efficiency in plants

To grow, plants open their stomates to capture carbon dioxide, whilst simultaneously losing water through the process of transpiration. Previous work has...

Research brief: Indian Ocean played key role in rapid 2016 Antarctic ice decline

Antarctic sea ice had been growing in area since 1979, despite the influence of global warming. Then unexpectedly in the austral spring of 2016, there was a rapid decline. A...

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...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections