Year of Birth: 1959


Israel, 84990, Negev, Sede-Boqer Campus

Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research of Ben-Gurion University

Phone: 972 (0) 8 6596857


Academic Degree:

doctor of geography

Official Capacity:

senior researcher at the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research of Ben-Gurion University

Research Areas:

desertification studies, application of remote sensing techniques to ecological problems, use of remote sensing for detecting changes in land cover and land use, analysis of the impacts of these changes on climate, environment and society

Work as a Visiting Researcher Abroad:

1999 – DAAD fellowship for collaboration with Frei University, Berlin, Germany

Professional Training of Highly Qualified Educational Workers:

has trained 3 doctors and 9 MSc students

 Membership in Professional Societies:

  • member of American Geophysical Society,
  • member of American Geographical Society,
  • editorial board member of “Arid Ecosystems”


Total Number of Publications: more than 50

Main Publications:

  • Orlovsky L., Indoitu R., Kozhoridze G., Batyrbaeva M., Vitkovskaya I., Mamedov B., Orlovsky N. Temporal and Spatial distributions of Dust Storms in Middle Asia: Natural and Anthropogenic Factors // Climate Hazards Crises in Asian Societies and Environments / Ed. T. Sternberg. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. 2017. 22 p.
  • Orlovsky L., Orlovsky N. Biogeography and Natural resources of Greater Central Asia // Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia / Eds. V.R. Squires, Lu Qi. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. 2017. P. 23-47.
  • Dimeyeva L.A., Sitpayeva G.T., Ussen K., Orlovsky L., Ablaikhanov E., Islamgulova A.F. Zhang Y., Zhang J., Suleimenova N.S. Meadow vegetation of the Zhetysu Alatau Mountains // Applied Ecology and Environmental Research. 2016. No. 14 (4). P. 375-398.
  • Kozhoridze G., Orlovsky N., Orlovsky L., Blumberg D.G., Golan-Goldhirsh A. Classification-based mapping of trees in commercial orchards and natural forests // International Journal of Remote Sensing. 2016. P. 1-14.
  • Kozhoridze G., Orlovsky N., Orlovsky L., Blumberg D. G., Golan-Goldhirsh A. Remote sensing models of structure-related biochemicals and pigments for classification of trees. English // Remote Sensing of Environment. 2016. Vol. 186. P. 184-195.
  • Indoitu R., Kozhoridze G., Batyrbaeva M., Vitkovskaya I., Orlovsky N., Blumberg D., Orlovsky L. Dust emission and environmental changes in the dried bottom of the Aral Sea // Aeolian Research. 2015. Vol. 17. P. 101-115.
  • Kozhoridze G., Orlovsky N., Orlovsky L., Blumberg D., Golan-Goldhirsh A. Geographic distribution and migration pathways of Pistacia – present, past and future // 2015. No. 38. P. 001-014.
  • Orlovsky N., Mamedov B., Orlovsky L., Nurberdiyev N. Synoptic causes of dust storms formation in Turkmenistan // Problems of Desert Development. 2015. No. 1-2. P. 8-18.
  • Shardakova L., Kovalevskaya Y., Vereschagina N., Orlovsky L. Investigation of salt and dust transfer process using passive dust traps in Uzbekistan // Journal of Arid Land Studies. 2015. No. 25 (3). P. 213-216.
  • Kaplan S., Blumberg D., Mamedov E., Orlovsky L. Land use change and land degradation in Turkmenistan in the post-Soviet era // Journal of Arid Environments. No. 103 (4). P. 96-106.
  • Orlovsky L., Matsrafi O., Orlovsky N., Kouznetsov M. 2014. Sarykamysh Lake: Collector of Drainage Water – The Past, the Present, and the Future // The Turkmen Lake Altyn Asyr and Water Resources in Turkmenistan / Eds. I.S. Zonn, A.G. Kostianoy. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. 2014. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Орловский Н.С., Орловская Л., Индуиту Р. Опасные и особо опасные пыльные бури в Средней Азии // Аридные экосистемы. 2013. Т. 19. № 4 (57). С. 49-58.
  • Orlovsky N., Orlovsky L., Indoitu R. Severe dust storms in Central Asia // Arid Ecosystems. Vol. 3. No. 4. P. 227-234.
  • Spivak L., Terechov A., Vitkovskaya I., Batrybaeva M., Orlovsky L. Dynamics of dust transfer from the desiccated Aral Sea bottom analysed by remote sensing // Aralkum – a Man-Made Desert: The Desiccated Floor of the Aral Sea (Central Asia) / Eds. S. Breckle, W. Wucherer, L. Dimeyeva, N. Ogar. Springer, Ecological Studies. 2012. P. 97-106.
  • Indoitu R., Orlovsky L., Orlovsky N. Dust storms in Central Asia: spatial and temporal variations // Journal of Arid Environments. No. 85 (10). P. 62-70.
  • Kozhoridze G., Orlovsky L., Orlovsky N. Monitoring land cover dynamics in the Aral Sea region by remote sensing // Proceedings of SPIE 8538, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications III, 85381V, October 25th 9 p.
  • Maman S., Orlovsky L., Blumberg D., Berliner P., Mamedov B. A landcover change study of takyr surfaces in Turkmenistan // Journal of Arid Environments. No. 75 (9). P. 842-850.
  • Orlovsky L., Kogan F., Eshed E., Dugarjav C. Monitoring Droughts and Pastures productivity in Mongolia Using NOAA-AVHRR Data // Use of Satellite and In-Situ Data to Improve Sustainability. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series. 2011. Pt. 2. P.69-79.
  • Indoitu R., Orlovsky N., Orlovsky L. Dust storms in Middle Asia: spatial and temporal variations // In: Ecosystems and sustainable Development VII / C. Brebbia. WIT press, WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. 2009. Vol. 122. P. 353-364.
  • Нурбердиев М., Бекиева Г.С., Мамедов Б.К., Орловская Л.Г. Засуха и урожайность пастбищ равнинного Туркменистана // Аридные экосистемы. Т. 15. № 1 (37). С. 43-49.
  • Nurberdiyev M., Bekiyeva G., Mamedov B., Orlovsky L. Drought and productivity of desert pastures in Turkmenistan // Arid Ecosystems. 2009. Vol. 15. No. 2 (38). P. 43-49.