As an engineer, reading the details I call bullshit on this.
"have demonstrated – at least at the proof-of-concept level"
"while conductivity varies with salinity and temperature in a regional way, conductance really varies primarily..."
..but not exclusively...
"with only the depth-integral of temperature (heat content)"
How much does conductance vary with fractions of a degree? That's what we're talking about here.
And you only end up with the integral of the heat profile, no details of the heat at different depths.
"which theoretically could determine heat content throughout the oceans' depths. His work is still in its early stages"
"Describing his model's development"
MODELS, not raw data any more, should ring alarm bells.
"If – when – Tyler and his team succeed in precisely discerning signal from noise in the cavalcade of Swarm data"
Rik Myslewski above asks "What do you fear?"
I fear $1.5 trillion being pissed up the wall on this instead of suppling clean drinking water to the world's population.
It's put quite well at the end of this article...
"To those of us who have been studying the global warming scare in some detail, the answer is depressingly obvious. It’s because in the last decade or so, the climate change industry has become so vast and all encompassing, employing so many people, it simply cannot be allowed to fail.
According to a report last year by Climate Change Business Journal, it’s now worth an astonishing $1.5 trillion — about the same as the online shopping industry. If the scare goes away, then all bets are off, because the entire global decarbonisation business relies on it. The wind parks, the carbon sequestration projects, the solar farms, the biomass plantations — none of these green schemes make any kind of commercial sense unless you buy into the theory that anthropogenic CO2 is catastrophically warming the planet and that radical green measures, enforced by governmental regulation, must be adopted to avert it."