Examination of the methods by which conductance is measured shows a correctable systematic overestimate by satellite photometry during active periods.
An ISR measurement-based model of solar Qe (z), parameterized on SZA and F10.7, has been recently developed for studies of auroral conductance.
Doe, R. A., J. D. Kelly, D. Lummerzheim, G. K. Parks, M. J. Brittnacher, G. A. Germany, and J. Spann “Initial comparison of POLAR UVI and Sondrestrom IS radar estimates for auroral electron energy flux,” Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 24, 999, 1997.
Doe, R. A., “Sondrestrom quiet-time photoionization model,” Geophys. Res. Lett., to be submitted, 2003.
Semeter, J. L. and R. A. Doe “On the proper interpretation of ionospheric conductance estimated through satellite photometry,” J Geophys Res., in press, 2002.