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Airport Tracker


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Airport Tracker

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  • This interactive map shows the carbon emissions for the 1,300 largest airports around the world and the total passenger flight carbon emissions by country.
  • Students can also view more detailed emissions data for each individual country and airport.
Teaching Tips


  • Students will have fun exploring this map to see the climate impact of airports near them.
  • Students can conceptualize the amount of carbon emissions for a country or airport using the provided equivalence comparisons to cars and coal plants. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This map only counts emissions from carbon dioxide and not the non-CO2 warming effects of aviation. Click here to learn more about the full climate impact of aviation.
  • To view an individual airport select its location on the map or use the country drop-down selector at the top of the map.
  • To view the map legend click the icon in the bottom left corner of the map.


  • Math students could graph the data showing emissions from the top 10 most polluting airports.
  • Science and engineering students could research how to scale up the use of sailboats for intercontinental travel.
  • Students could read this fact sheet on electric flight from Stay Grounded which debunks greenwashing techniques in the aviation industry related to electric flight.
Scientist Notes
This resource visualizes the amount of carbon dioxide released per passenger at major airports across the globe. The methodology and data were published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the data is accessible for independent verification. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
  • Social Sciences
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.39 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
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