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Scott Copeland


Scott Copeland
Scott has been the visibility data analyst for the FS Air Program since 1994. He is employed by Colorado State University at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), but works from the Washakie Ranger District office in Lander Wyoming. His primary job is to analyze and interpret IMPROVE visibility monitoring data for the Forest Service, but his analyses are routinely used by other Federal Land Management agencies, states, and the EPA. He is also the current chair of the IMPROVE Steering Committee. Scott has a B.S. in applied physics and an M.S. in civil/environmental engineering, both from University of California Davis. He began his air quality career as a lab tech with the Air Quality Group at UC Davis in 1987 when they were creating the lab protocols for what became the IMPROVE network. After a year as a lab tech and 6 years as a field tech for the Air Quality Group, in 1994 he moved to Fort Collins Colorado to start the job he still has. Over the years, he has worked on routine data reporting, PSD permit reviews, Regional Haze SIP reviews, and visibility science among many other topics. While his job involves little field work, he makes up for it by spending a lot of his free time in the Wyoming outdoors pursuing hobbies such as photography.