Comparison of F-region electron density observations by satellite radio tomography and incoherent scatter methods
- 1Department of Physical Sciences, University of Oulu, FIN-90570 Oulu 57, Finland
- 2Geophysical Observatory, FIN-99600 Sodankylä , Finland
- 3Polar Geophysical Institute, 15 Khalturina, 183023 Murmansk, Russia
Abstract. In November 1995 a campaign of satellite radiotomography supported by the EISCAT incoherent scatter radar and several other instruments was arranged in Scandinavia. A chain of four satellite receivers extending from the north of Norway to the south of Finland was installed approximately along a geomagnetic meridian. The receivers carried out difference Doppler measurements using signals from satellites flying along the chain. The EISCAT UHF radar was simultaneously operational with its beam swinging either in geomagnetic or in geographic meridional plane. With this experimental set-up latitudinal scans of F-region electron density are obtained both from the radar observations and by tomographic inversion of the phase observations given by the difference Doppler experiment. This paper shows the first results of the campaign and compares the electron densities given by the two methods.