Articles | Volume 39, issue 5
Ann. Geophys., 39, 899–910, 2021
Ann. Geophys., 39, 899–910, 2021

Regular paper 14 Oct 2021

Regular paper | 14 Oct 2021

Validation of SSUSI-derived auroral electron densities: comparisons to EISCAT data

Stefan Bender et al.

Model code and software

st-bender/pyeppaurora: Version 0.0.5 S. Bender

Short summary
The coupling of the atmosphere to the space environment has become recognized as an important driver of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics. We have validated the Special Sensor Ultraviolet Spectrographic Imager (SSUSI) products for average electron energy and electron energy flux by comparison to EISCAT electron density profiles. The good agreement shows that SSUSI far-UV observations can be used to provide ionization rate profiles throughout the auroral region.