DAOD 8012-0, Meteorology and Oceanography


Date of Issue: 2011-08-04

Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).


  • CFAO 48-3, Meteorological/Oceanographic Standards Evaluation Programme
  • CFAO 48-5, Canadian Forces Weather Services

Approval Authority: Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI)

Enquiries: Director Meteorology and Oceanography (D Met Oc)

Policy Direction


The environment has a major impact on operations and training due to the occurrence of extreme and varied weather and oceanographic conditions during all seasons.

Timely and accurate meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) products and services are therefore required at strategic, operational and tactical levels to ensure the safety and optimization of operations and training.

The D Met Oc on behalf of CDI provides functional direction and guidance to the DND and the CAF in all matters pertaining to METOC products and services.

Policy Statement

The DND and the CAF are committed to providing appropriate METOC products and services to:

  • ensure the safety of DND employees, CAF members and military resources; and
  • maximize the operational effectiveness of units and other elements, both in and outside Canada.


The DND and the CAF shall:

  • maintain a METOC products and services programme with:
    • – scientific integrity and safety oversight; and
    • – sufficient CAF meteorological technicians and oceanography officers, and personnel from
      other government departments made available through interdepartmental memoranda
      of understanding;
  • use METOC monitoring equipment, including meteorological observing stations, weather radar and ocean buoys;
  • use METOC products and services from:
    • – other government departments through interdepartmental memoranda of understanding; and
    • – allied nations under NATO, the Canada/United States Military Cooperation Committee and
      other arrangements;
  • ensure METOC products and services are available on DND and CAF networks; and
  • set standards for:
    • – METOC products and services;
    • – METOC monitoring equipment; and
    • – training related to meteorology and oceanography.


Authority Table

The following table identifies the authorities associated with this DAOD:

The …

has the authority to …

commander of a command

  • allocate METOC resources within their command to meet their requirements for METOC products and services.


  • approve arrangements with other government departments and foreign nations for METOC products and services; and
  • allocate METOC resources within the CDI organization to meet DND and CAF requirements for METOC products and services.

D Met Oc

  • oversee all DND and CAF METOC training, products and services.


Source References

  • B-GJ-005-200/FP-000, Joint Intelligence Doctrine
  • National Defence Security Instruction 26, Access to and Release of Information

Related Reference

  • DAOD 8012-1, Meteorological and Oceanographic Products and Services Programme
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