Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) is a new organization, formed with the encouragement of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Its goal is to organize the community of coastal oceanographers in planning for interdisciplinary coastal oceanography for the next 1–2 decades. We expect to help NSF with their planning for an enhanced effort in this field. NSF would like to begin funding CoOP work during Fiscal Year 1992. They have made it clear that, to obtain new funds, such work must be interdisciplinary in character.