Landsat images are highly preferred to images by MODIS for producing evapotranspiration (ET) maps for specific land use types because of their higher resolution (30 m). However, Landsat images are potentially available only each 16 days, and, with the expected failure of Landsat 5 within the next five years and the likelihood of no thermal sensor on Landsat 8 scheduled for launch in 2011, the prospect of images from Landsat that are useful for application with energy balance determination of evapotranspiration (ET) is dim. Therefore, more use of coarse resolution satellite images, such as 1 km thermal images from MODIS, will occur. One advantage of MODIS satellites is that images having view angle < ∼15° are potentially available about each four to five days. Application of METRIC energy balance processes along the Middle Rio Grande of New Mexico using MODIS imagery indicates that one can successfully reproduce monthly and annual ET estimates that were obtained using Landsat imagery. However, spatial fidelity is highly degraded. This paper compares ET images for the Rio Grande region as produced by both MODIS and by Landsat.