Is environmental robotics a significant field?

I’m a junior in high school and I’m looking into starting on robotics, and maybe pursuing it in college. I’ve always been interested in it, so I figured that there’s no better time to start than now. Something that has really caught my eye has been the few robotics research projects that are geared towards helping the environment. I’ve always been super interested in helping the environment from a problem solving/ scientific aspect, but most paths I have seen have been very chemistry focused, which doesn’t necessarily interest me. But if I could focus on designing robotics that help the environment, that would be really interesting. My only worry is that the only environmental robotics research I have seen has been in isolated projects, and I haven’t found any dedicated environmental robotics research labs, like there are for fields such as medical robotics.

To sum up, building robots that help the environment seem like a dream job for me. However, I am worried that there isn’t much demand/ ongoing research for this specific path. If anyone here could shed some light on this issue, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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