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The World Air Quality Index Project


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


World's Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index

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  • This interactive world map shows the real-time air-quality index in thousands of locations.
  • Students can hover over places to view the air quality data for the past 12 months.
  • Students can read detailed information and explore links to further information regarding air quality in each location.
Teaching Tips


  • Students can click on the location icon in the top right-hand corner of the map to get information about their local air quality.
  • Students can view data on specific pollutants by clicking on the layers icon.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concept of air quality and air pollutants.


  • After looking at the map, students can formulate research questions about specific locations. Students could examine why certain locations have healthy or unhealthy air quality or they could look at how air quality has changed in a certain location over time.
  • Earth science classes could discuss the different types of air pollutants and how they differ from one another.
Scientist Notes
This resource is valid and considered satisfactory for teaching Air Quality Index, pollution abatement, and environmental justice. Real-time data is accurate, although data points are negligible for generalizations. This may not be sufficient for replication.
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