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Course details

This course covers details on the development of maritime weather patterns and systems. The contents include atmosphere, atmospheric pressure, wind, cloud, precipitation, visibility, frontal systems, ocean currents, depressions and storms. Students will make weather observations from instruments, record and report on weather conditions.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of NAUT 1850 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 68798


Thu Jun 08 - Wed Jun 28 (3 weeks)

  • 3 weeks
  • CRN 68798
  • $444.19
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 08 - Jun 28 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC Rm. 205

Sam Susanthan

Course outline




Important information
  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: COURSE WILL BE HELD ON CAMPUS. Required Textbook: Reeds Marine Meteorology by M. Cornish and E. Ives. Students may purchase the textbook at the BCIT Burnaby campus bookstore or online at An Environment Canada Manual (ECM) will be provided in class. Note: For the issuance of Transport Canada Training certificates by the school, a Transport Canada, Candidate Document Number (CDN#) will be required. Contact Transport Canada, Marine Safety for further information. Please refer to prerequisite section of webpage for any prerequisite details.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the composition of the earth's atmosphere and its physical properties.
  • Describe various cloud types and the conditions required for their formation.
  • Define different types of precipitation.
  • Explain fog, haze and mist and related visibility restrictions.
  • Describe the principles of basic meteorological instruments.
  • Use basic meteorological instruments.
  • Describe frontal systems and their weather.
  • Use ship code and decode book to record weather.

Effective as of Fall 2008

Related Programs

MET 1 - Meteorology 1 (NAUT 1850) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Master 150GT Domestic
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  2. Master 500GT Domestic
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  3. Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal (WKMNC)
    Certificate Part-time


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