Mary Grace BATO

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Missing PhotoMs. Mary Grace BATO

Function: Research Engineer

Participation in ClerVolc program N°: 2

Main Research Unit: LMV



I am a ClerVolc research engineer at the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (LMV), Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II. Being initially part of a co-tutelle program between the University of the Philippines and Université Blaise Pascal for my master degree, permits my exposure to different disciplines and researches in geology. In the end, I found myself enjoying geophysics and volcanology. My main research at the University of the Philippines focused on Permanent Scatterers InSAR (PSInSAR) technique to detect the slip movement of Mayon Volcano (Philippines) and to analyze the ground subsidence and deformation in Metro Manila, Philippines. Some of my other research involves the geohazard assesment of Natib Vocano which is the site of the sole nuclear power plant (Bataan Nuclear Power Plant) in the Philippines and flood hazard analysis and modeling when Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) hit the Philippines in 2009. My Master 2 at LMV allowed me to focus on characterizing the October 2010 lava flow in Piton de la Fournaise using InSAR and thermal remote sensing techniques. And now as part of the Clervolc team, we aim to develop a volcano-dedicated InSAR data processing toolbox which will be used later to model volcanic edifice deformations.

Research Topics

Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR); Imaging, modeling and monitoring of volcanic activity using aerospace-based images; Characterizing lava flows; Thermal remote sensing applied to the study of lava flows.


  • MG Bato, JL Froger, AJL Harris, “High Resolution Monitoring and Post-emplacement Characterization of the October 2010 Lava Flow of Piton de la Fournaise Using Aerospace-based Data”, Université Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand II, France [defended June 2012].
  • AMF Lagmay, R Rodolfo, MG Bato, “The perfect storm, Floods devastate Manila” EARTH, Vol. 55, no.4, pp. 50-55 (April 2010)
  • AMF Lagmay, R Rodolfo, H Cabria, J Soria, P Zamora, C Abon, C Lit, MRT Lapus, E Paguican, MG Bato, G Tiu, E Obille, NE Pellejera, PC Francisco, RN Eco & J Aviso, “Geological hazards of southwestern Natib Volcano, site of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Philippines”, The Geological Society of London: Natural Hazards in the Asia-Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts [accepted, May 2011].
Mary Grace BATO

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