Global Sea Level (IMAGE) University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute Caption The melting of Greenland contributes to the global sea level, but the loss of mass also means that the ice sheet's own gravitational field weakens and thus does not attract the surrounding sea as strongly. This means that the sea will fall up to 2,000 km away from the ice sheet, and that the sea level in Northern Europe is not particularly sensitive to the melting of Greenland. Credit (Credit: Grinsted, Jevrejeva, Riva, and Dahl-Jensen) Usage Restrictions (Credit: Grinsted, Jevrejeva, Riva, and Dahl-Jensen) License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.