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Briefing notes on the state of the climate

Briefing notes on the state of the climate

Tropical Cyclone Trevor

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) investigate climate processes, to build an understanding that explains the behaviour of climate extremes that directly affect Australian natural and economic systems. With this increased evidence-based understanding as our foundation, the Centre is improving our capability to predict climate extremes with the goal of reducing our national vulnerability.

CLEX regularly publishes briefing notes which address some of the big questions in climate research, such as Does global warming cause droughts, drying or increased aridity?How sensitive is the earth’s temperature to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? and Why are we uncertain about how extremely wet conditions will change in Australia in the future? 

The latest briefing note, Briefing note 14: the latest global climate models present challenges for generating climate projections is aimed at those interested in examining and using the latest generation of climate model simulations (CMIP6) for research and applications. It provides an update on one of the most important issues regarding CMIP6: how sensitive the model simulations are to atmospheric carbon dioxide.

A complete series of briefing notes from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes can be found at:


Image Credit: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Flooding in Boulia Shire, Queensland, in March 2019. 

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