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

Identification

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).

Approval Authority: Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI)

Enquiries: Director Meteorological and Oceanography (D Met Oc)


Overview

Organization

The Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service (CFWOS) provides and arranges for the provision of meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) products and services to fulfil DND and CAF requirements anywhere in or outside Canada.

Strategic level oversight of the METOC products and services programme is provided by the CFWOS Steering Committee established by the CDI.

Members of the Steering Committee include director-level representatives of:

  • all commands with METOC resources;
  • the Meteorological Service of Canada (a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada); and
  • the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service Manual sets out the terms of reference for the Steering Committee.

METOC Products and Services In and Outside Canada

The DND and the CAF shall make use of the METOC products and services of:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for operations and training in Canada; and
  • host nations for operations and training outside Canada.

If these are not adequate to ensure safety and operational effectiveness, additional support is provided through the CFWOS.

Management of the Meteorological and Oceanographic Products and Services Programme

Oversight and Coordination

To assist in the oversight, review and coordination of the METOC products and services programme, the D Met Oc has established a CFWOS Management Committee (MC) that is comprised of representatives from all commands with METOC resources.

The D Met Oc hosts the annual military oceanography (MILOC) meeting to provide oversight, review and coordination for the MILOC programme and the underwater acoustics programme.

Ad hoc or permanent working groups may be formed to support the CFWOS MC and the annual MILOC meeting as required.

The Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service Manual sets out the terms of reference for the MC and the MILOC members. This manual and the Military Oceanography Manual provide detailed programme guidance. Both manuals are available on the D Met Oc intranet site.

Programme Reviews

Programme reviews may be undertaken by the CFWOS MC as required and during the annual MILOC meeting as a result of:

  • changes in DND and CAF user requirements;
  • advances in scientific knowledge;
  • improvements in METOC equipment; or
  • changes in funding allocations.

Any CFWOS MC or MILOC representative may initiate a programme review.

Responsibilities

Responsibility Table

The following table identifies the responsibilities associated with this DAOD:

The …

is responsible for…

commander of a command

  • developing policies, instructions and procedures relating to METOC products, services, training and equipment that are unique to their military requirements, consistent with DND and CF METOC policies, instructions and procedures;
  • arranging for METOC standards evaluation every two years, or more frequently if required, to ensure that scientific and technical standards are met;
  • ensuring that operations and training have adequate METOC support to ensure the safety of DND employees, CAF members and military resources, as well as to maximize military effectiveness;
  • ensuring that appropriate equipment and environmental training are provided for the activities required of their CFWOS personnel;
  • liaising with the CDI for the staffing of meteorological technician establishment positions for the conduct of joint and combined operations and exercises; and
  • arranging alternate service delivery for METOC products and services that are unique to their military requirements, if necessary.

Canadian Defence Academy

  • managing meteorological technician military occupational training to meet DND and CAF requirements.

CDI

  • ensuring, as the operational authority for the CFWOS network, that required data is available for the METOC products and services programme; and
  • coordinating the staffing of meteorological technician establishment positions for the conduct of joint and combined operations and exercises.

Assistant Chief of Military Personnel

  • managing the meteorological technician military occupation.
D Met Oc
  • managing the corporate account to acquire METOC products and services from other government departments; and
  • developing:
    – policies related to DND and CAF METOC products and services;
    – standards, instructions and procedures for METOC products, services,
    and equipment that are common to a number of military requirements; and
    – arrangements, and maintaining liaison, with other government
    departments and allied nations for METOC products and services to meet
    DND and CF requirements.

References

Source Reference

Related References

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations, Part VIII, Air Navigation Services, Subpart 4, Aviation Weather Services and Assessment of Runway Visibility
  • Memorandum of Understanding Between The Department of the Environment & DND Concerning Meteorological and Information Technology Services
  • Master Data Exchange Arrangement (MDEA) (Canada and United States)
  • The Multilateral Master Information Exchange MOU (MMIEM) (Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand)
  • National Defence Security Instruction 26, Access to and Release of Information
  • MC 0594, Military Committee Policy on Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Support to NATO Forces (available in English only)
  • Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service (CFWOS) Manual
  • Canadian Forces Manual of Military Oceanography (available in English only)
  • CF Weather Office intranet site
  • Directorate of Meteorology and Oceanography intranet site
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