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: Tropical rainfall modelling errors decrease slowly, but storm resolving models may be the future

Picture: Rain in tropics. Credit: Bibhukalyan Acharya (Pexels) Climate models have long struggled to represent tropical precipitation, with modelled outputs often not matching...

Research brief: New climate sensation scale can tell you how you feel

Picture: Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, United States. Credit: Pure Virtual (Unsplash). The thermal sensation scale is a seven-point descriptive scale that has been used...

Research brief: New roadmap aims to quickly integrate real-world data into ecosystem models

Picture: Quarry Lake. Credit: Ivan Bandura (Unsplash). In an era of rapid global change, our ability to understand and predict Earth's natural systems is lagging behind our...

Research brief: The Sensitivity of Atmospheric River Identification

Picture: Swirling clouds. Credit: Andrew Beatson (Pexels) If you’ve ever logged on to a website or bought something online, you’ve probably had to do a reCAPTCHA to prove you’re...

Research briefs

Research brief: Comparing precipitation measurements over land from in situ, reanalysis and satellites.

Picture: Rainfall on a tree. Credit: Shah-shah (Unsplash). Observational evidence of precipitation extremes is vital to better understand how these events might change in a...

Research brief: What drives decade-to-decade variations of global warming?

Image (above): Volcanic Eruption. Credit: WikiImages. We know that over the long-term, human-produced greenhouse gases are warming our planet (panel a). However, we know very...

Research brief: Global warming temperatures set to accelerate as trade winds slow

In the era of global empires powered by sail, trade winds were once the foundation of vast economies. While the days of tall ships may have passed, new research has revealed that...

Research brief: Gravity waves cause unusual turbulence

Picture: Aircraft passes cloud Credit: Daniela Avila (Unsplash) Turbulence caused by thunderstorms is a significant hazard to aviation, but we have an incomplete understanding of...

CLEX Research programs

Extreme rainfall

Drought

Heatwaves and cold air outbreaks

Climate variability and teleconnections