Calculation of carbon storage of invasive species (Opuntia spp.) in Tenerife
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Opuntia maxima and Opuntia dillenii are two of the most widespread invasive species in the Canary Islands. Their absolute integration in the Canarian culture and ecosystems, as well as the absence of a precise cartography, make their management and study difficult. In the current context of climate change, investigating the carbon capture and storage function of terrestrial ecosystems is essential. The present work attempts to estimate the distribution and area occupied by these two invasive species on Tenerife, as well as the total amount of carbon accumulated in their biomass. In addition, the basis for a future study of the capture and storage capacity of native scrub species of the island is established.