Launch: Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

L-R: Sue Thomas, Craig Laundy, Andy Pitman, Ian Jacobs, Emma Johnston
Tuesday, 10 April, 2018
Alvin Stone

A new Centre of Excellence focusing on extreme weather and climate events and headquartered at UNSW has been launched by the Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, the Hon Craig Laundy.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), headquartered at UNSW and led by UNSW scientist Professor Andy Pitman, builds on the research carried out by the earlier ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science but focuses directly on extreme weather and climate events.

It aims to improve our understanding of the processes that trigger these extreme events and build this understanding into climate modelling systems.

Guests at the launch included CEO of the Australian Research Council Professor Sue Thomas and UNSW President and Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs. UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston hosted the event.

Professor Thomas said the Centre's research is expected to explain the behaviour of present and future climate extremes, to make Australia  more resilient to climate extremes and to minimise future risks from climate extremes to the Australian environment, society and economy.

"This center will use its researchers, data, and modelling to transform Australia's capacity to predict climate extremes," Professor Thomas said. "The Centre of Excelllence will work collaboratively with industry partners, and through its graduate program and early career researcher mentoring, to develop the next generation of researchers to lead in this field in future."

CLEX is a multi-institutional research centre and will receibve $30.05 million over seven eyars from 2017 8under the ARC Centre of Excellence scheme. Other Australian university partners are Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and the Australian National University. It also collaborates with a suite of national and international Partner Organisations made up of leading climate research laboratories around the world. The Centre is funded by a significant $30 million grant from the Australian Research Council, with additional generous support from our partner organisations.

The research in this new Centre will reveal how processes lead to extreme events in the past, present and future climate and will guide businesses, public services and environmental management in building resilience to climate extremes.

UNSW scientist Professor Andy Pitman, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.


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Alvin Stone, Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, 0418 617 366,